Left: My niece, Julia Jackson [mother of Virginia Woolf], 1867 -by Julia Margaret Cameron  [from VAM]
Right: Virginia Woolf, July 1939 -by Gisèle Freund [from RMN]

In July 1939, introduced by Victoria Octampo, Gisèle Freund came to take a portrait of Virginia Woolf. Virginia was camera-shy and accepted only after a long hesitation: “She disliked everything which could expose her private life, but the role of the psychological element in my work and the novelty of the color process must have impress her.”
During this meeting, Virginia Woolf took a book and dedicated it to Gisèle Freund, saying: “We have a famous photographer in the family. […] It is my grand-mother (sic)”

Was it a slip of the tongue from Virginia or failing memory of Freund? Cameron was the great-aunt of Virginia Woolf, and the book is: 'Victorian Photographs of Famous Men and Fair Women' by Julia Margaret Cameron. Intr. by Virginia Woolf (Hogarth Press, 1926) - and here, two great portraits by two great artists.

Apparently, Virginia Woolf remained very anxious about the photos taken that day; because of the events (declaration of war and France invasion) and the necessity for Freund to leave France without delay, Woolf (who died in 1941) never saw the portraits.

Quotes (my transl.) from: Gisèle Freund. ‘Le monde et ma caméra' (Denoël, 2006)

Left: My niece, Julia Jackson [mother of Virginia Woolf], 1867 -by Julia Margaret Cameron  [from VAM]
Right: Virginia Woolf, July 1939 -by Gisèle Freund [from RMN]

In July 1939, introduced by Victoria Octampo, Gisèle Freund came to take a portrait of Virginia Woolf. Virginia was camera-shy and accepted only after a long hesitation: “She disliked everything which could expose her private life, but the role of the psychological element in my work and the novelty of the color process must have impress her.”
During this meeting, Virginia Woolf took a book and dedicated it to Gisèle Freund, saying: “We have a famous photographer in the family. […] It is my grand-mother (sic)”

Was it a slip of the tongue from Virginia or failing memory of Freund? Cameron was the great-aunt of Virginia Woolf, and the book is: 'Victorian Photographs of Famous Men and Fair Women' by Julia Margaret Cameron. Intr. by Virginia Woolf (Hogarth Press, 1926) - and here, two great portraits by two great artists.

Apparently, Virginia Woolf remained very anxious about the photos taken that day; because of the events (declaration of war and France invasion) and the necessity for Freund to leave France without delay, Woolf (who died in 1941) never saw the portraits.

Quotes (my transl.) from: Gisèle Freund. ‘Le monde et ma caméra' (Denoël, 2006)

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