Julia Margaret Cameron at the V&A

Julia Margaret Cameron exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum Image copyright Phil Coomes

Julia Margaret Cameron first exhibited her work at the Victoria and Albert Museum 150 years ago and now to mark the bicentenary of her birth, more than 100 of her prints are back on show.

The photographs are drawn from the museum's own collection and elsewhere, and comprise both her best known pictures and some not seen before.

Cameron's rise to photographic star was late in her life. She was nearly 50 when she was given a camera for her birthday and set about becoming one of the most important photographers of the 19th century, and indeed arguably of all time.

She was born in Calcutta in 1815 to well-to-do parents, her father an official of the East India Company and her mother descended from French aristocracy.

But it was the British astronomer Sir John Herschel who introduced her to the then new invention of photography. They met while she was in South Africa convalescing and he was there to study the skies of the southern hemisphere.

Image copyright Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Image caption Charles Darwin, Julia Margaret Cameron, 1868, printed 1875

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The Silent Forest

Forest at Bergen Belsen Image copyright Alex Boyd

It may be more than 70 years since the end of World War Two and the liberation of the concentration camps, but photographers are still drawn to explore the physical remains of the sites where the Holocaust took place.

Alex Boyd's pictures of the forests around Bergen-Belsen camp are being shown at the Scottish Parliament.

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Rediscovered party bus could relive glory days

Le Crowbar bus Image copyright Tom Hunter

When the 1994 Criminal Justice Act helped bring down the shutters on the free party and rave culture in the UK, many headed to Europe to continue the Summer of Love. One of those was the photographer Tom Hunter, who purchased a double-decker bus and set out to party.

Now that bus, long since abandoned, has been found beside the road in central France.

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The beauty of the Montreal Metro

Champ-de-Mars station Image copyright Chris Forsyth

Last week I published a set of images of the New York subway system in the 1980s, each carriage encased in graffiti, each one a work of art. Today, it's the turn of the Montreal Metro system. Yet this is the modern version, high tech, gleaming metal, each station an architectural gem.

This is the work of Canadian architectural photographer Chris Forsyth who has been sharing his pictures on Instagram, looking to show how beautiful design is all around us.

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Photographing the Rugby World Cup

During the past five weeks or so, David Davies has travelled around the country covering what is his sixth Rugby World Cup for the Press Association.

On the eve of the final, between New Zealand and Australia, I asked him to pick out a few of his favourite frames from the competition. Here is his selection along with his comments.

Argentina v Australia walk out for the semi-final

Image copyright David Davies / PA

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Subway art revisited

"Midg" with yellow school bus, 1982 Image copyright Martha Cooper

In the late 1970s and early '80s, photographers Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant were both documenting the work of graffiti artists on the subway system of New York.

Initially working independently, they finally met, combined their work and published a book called Subway Art in 1984, a tome that was to define the era, and arguably ensure the genre lived on to be reborn as part of the global art movement decades later.

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Photographic education for all

Jonathan Worth teaching Image copyright Jonathan Worth

"I don't think a classroom is an appropriate place to teach any more."

This is not the sort of thing you'd expect a National Teaching Fellow and award winning university lecturer to say, but Jonathan Worth has backed his words up with actions and his latest photography class has removed itself from educational institutions completely.

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Behind the scenes at the Royal College of Music

Simon Grange on stage for the student auditions for Britten's Albert Herring. Image copyright Edmond Terakopian

Edmond Terakopian is used to covering hard news, chasing the latest political story, reacting to events and capturing the moment through his lens. Yet his latest project takes him a long way from this, behind the scenes at the Royal College of Music. Here he talks about the work.

With long-term assignments sadly becoming a thing of the past, I was on the lookout for a something I could work on, and, following a chance meeting with a tutor at the Royal College of Music, a door opened for me.

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The beauty of car parks

Salford - New Bailey car park Image copyright Phil Burrowes

Car parks don't usually feature high on the list of photographic assignments, yet, following a chance meeting at Henley Royal Regatta, photographer Phil Burrowes found himself commissioned by NCP (National Car Parks) to produce images of 20 of their car parks across the country.

Burrowes spent three weeks of long days photographing these often overlooked pieces of architecture.

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Before They Were Fallen

Before They Were Fallen, photographer Louis Quail's collaboration with journalist Katy Regan, explores loss and remembrance, combining portraits with personal stories of those who lost a loved one in the 13-year conflict in Afghanistan.

Quail recreates an existing family photograph, yet this new version is missing the person lost in the conflict.

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