Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Queen Victoria & Photography at the Getty

One of the Getty's current exhibitions, A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography features photographs both of the Queen, the royal family, and images that played an important role during her reign. With photography being a new invention to the era and making a drastic impact on how people viewed the world - including what images were to become symbols of royalty, politics, industrial development, and war - the photographs taken during this time had a fundamental role in establishing the importance of photography.

"In 1839, just two years after Victoria became queen of Great Britain and Ireland, the medium of photography was announced to the world. This exhibition explores the relationship between the new art form and the queen, whose passion for collecting photographs began in the 1840s. On display are rare daguerreotypes, private portraits of the Royal Family, and a selection of prints by early masters of photography. 

Over the course of her long reign, the queen was photographed as loving mother, devoted wife, grieving widow, and powerful sovereign. She was the first British monarch to have her life fully recorded by the camera, and her portraits became emblematic of an entire age. "

You can also learn more about Queen Victoria and her passion for photography here.

This exhibition will be on view at The Getty Center through June 8, 2014.

The Prince and the Queen, 1854, Roger Fenton, salted paper print, hand-colored. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013

Nelson's Column under Construction in Trafalgar Square, London, April 1844, William Henry Fox Talbot, salted paper print from a paper negative. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Valley of the Shadow of Death, April 23, 1855, Roger Fenton, salted paper print.

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