The Kiss Of Peace
Photographer: Cameron, Julia Margaret (1815 - 1879)
Medium: Photographic print
In the descriptive notes which accompany 'The Kiss of Peace,' fellow photographer Peter Henry Emerson praises Julia Margaret Cameron's portrait as "One of the noblest works ever produced by photography...A picture instinct with delicate observation, sweetness and refinement...
Nearly all her work was done in a studio of the simplest kind. She writes: 'I turned my coal-house into my dark-room, and a glazed foul-house I had given to my children became my glass-house. The hens were liberated, I hope and I believe not eaten, and all hands and hearts sympathized in my new labour, and the society of hens and chickens was soon changed for that of poets, prophets, painters and lovely maidens, who all in turn have immortalized the humble little farm erection.' The glass-house was fitted with simple white roller-blinds; no head-rests or other abominations finding place there."
Descriptive text by P H Emerson from 'Sun Artists' (Number 5)