Victoria Olsen is the author of From Life: Julia Margaret Cameron and Victorian Photography, essays for a variety of publications, and a middle-grade historical novel called Word-Blind. She taught Writing the Essay to first-year students at New York University for eleven years and now works as freelance editor and ghostwriter for psychologists, tech business consultants, and other specialists who want to reach a general audience.
From Life: Julia Margaret Cameron and Victorian Photography
“…[a] savvy, scrupulously researched new biography. Ms. Olsen, a freelance scholar, offers an especially lucid description of Cameron’s arduous techniques, involving nasty chemicals, fragile glass plates and endless endurance. The great strength of her book, though, is her argument that Cameron’s story is also, as she puts it, “the story of Victorian culture itself, and the development of mass media.”
—The New York Times