DISCUSSION: The main point of the passage is to describe Julia Margaret Cameron’s photography and why it is effective.
Lines 43-46 are very significant. These show that the author liked Cameron’s photographs, and that the combination of sloppy sitting but high purpose is what makes them great.
- This is just a fact that supports the main idea. The author does think the photographs were comical, but they also think they were more than comical. See lines 43-46.
- CORRECT. There’s no single place the passage says this, but it’s the main point. See for example lines 36-38 (our awareness of doubleness) and lines 43-46 (the photos quality comes from their dual nature).
- This answer contradicts the passage.
Cameron’s photographs didn’t have an “implicit” claim to be compared with the masterpieces of Western painting. The claim was explicit; Cameron was trying to make photographs that were as artistically significant as the great paintings. See lines 15-16 and line 10.
But the behavior of the sitters doesn’t undermine the photographs – the author thinks that’s what gives them their charm. See lines 43-46.
- The author disagrees with this. See lines 43-46. Amateurism is part of what makes Cameron’s photos great.
- This contradicts lines 43-46. The artistry of the photos is an important element.
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