Shown near the King Lear image is one entitled “Daughters of Jerusalem”, [1865, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund 1941]. The bible text says, “But Jesus turned to them and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.” To me anyway, it seems that the picture was taken right after they have wiped their tears and are trying to compose themselves. They are oh, so sad.
The Curator of the exhibition is Malcolm Daniel and he has done a masterful job of demonstrating the talent of Julia Margaret Cameron aided, of course, by the Metropolitan’s incredible collection.
We are always saying that an image in a book or catalog cannot be a substitute for the real thing and in photography it is truer than in the other arts. We accept that a photo will not be like the painting or drawing but in photography you have even a greater challenge. Any substitute is a mere mirage of the original. The exhibition will be up at the Met until January 5, 2014 so give yourselves a Christmas treat and pay a visit. Let me know which image is your favorite. It is a difficult choice!