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(See the complete passage discussion here: lsat/viewtopic.php?t=12785)
The correct answer choice is (B)
As described above, the author’s main point is that the amateurish qualities of Cameron’s photographs, when combined with her artistic vision, give her fancy-subject pictures charm and vitality, making them peculiar treasures of Victorian era photography.
Answer choice (A): While this statement is consistent with the passage, it is not the main point. Instead, it captures just the portion of the passage that casts Cameron in a negative light. Remember that the author of an LSAT Reading Comprehension passage will never have as his or her main point something that is negative toward an underrepresented group, in this case a female, Victorian-era photographer.
Answer choice (B): This is the correct answer choice because it presents the author’s main point, consistent with our prephrase.
Answer choice (C): Here, the answer choice is incorrect because the author made no reference to an “implicit claim” in Cameron’s work that would hold out her pictures as proper for comparison with the masterpieces of Western painting. Further, the obtrusiveness of the sitters, which the author referred to as the “truth of the sitting,” did not undermine Cameron’s work, but rather elevated its value.
Answer choice (D): This statement is the opposite of the author’s view. In fact, the author explicitly distinguished Cameron’s work from that of Rejlander (lines 16-19), which the author labeled “extravagantly awful” precisely because it was a seamless work of illustrative art.
Answer choice (E): Again, this answer choice is inconsistent with the author’s view, which was that the combination of the “truth of the sitting” and the narrative quality of Cameron’s photographs made them treasures.