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By Emma Thom on

Annie Leibovitz visits our collection

World-renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz visited the museum on Tuesday—the latest stop on a personal journey she is undertaking looking at places relating to inspirational and culturally significant people.
Annie Leibovitz in Insight with a daguerrotype and Cameron’s lens

Her travels, which will be documented in an upcoming book titled Pilgrimage, brought her to Bradford to view and photograph items belonging to Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–1879), part of the Royal Photographic Society Collection.

Annie looked at personal letters, photographs, albums and a folio, all of which belonged to Cameron, one of the earliest pioneers of photography. Cameron, like Annie, was celebrated as a great photographer and for her work producing portraits of famous people and historical figures of the era.

The collection includes photographs Cameron took of Charles Darwin, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning and Sir John Herschel.

Annie said:

I am very impressed with how you care for such legacies—of Julia Margaret Cameron’s work and items from the Royal Photographic Society period. There really are treasures here.

It is one thing to take care of such work but to give this access to anyone who wants to study or see it is fantastic.

Explore our photography collection here.

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