NPG P201 (1d)

Letter from Julia Margaret Cameron to Sir John Herschel, dated 31 December 1864, discussing her aspirations as a photographer.

Letter

which will elevate it and induce an ignorant public to believe in other than mere conventional topographic Photography - map making - & skeleton rendering of feature & form without that roundness & fulness of form & feature that modelling of flesh & limb which the focus I use only can give tho' called & condemned as "out of focus" What is focus - & who has a right to say what focus is the legitimate focus - My aspirations are to ennoble photography and to secure for it the character & uses of High Art by combining the real & Ideal & sacrificing nothing of truth by all possible devotion to Poetry & beauty -