Soldiers and Suffragettes : The Photography of Christina Broom
'Showcases the remarkable work of Britain's first female press photographer...Despite her camera's presence at many significant historical events and her importance to press photography, her [Broom's] achievements have, to date, been unappreciated. This book, the first publication on her life and work, redresses the neglect and also illuminates the role of her dedicated assistant and daughter, Winifred, without whom Broom's substantial contribution to photography might have been lost.' - The Independent on Sunday
In 1903 a self-taught novice photographer, Christina Broom, turned to photography as a business venture to support her family; from this modest beginning she was to emerge as Britain's acknowledged pioneer woman press photographer.
Unconventionally for women photographers of the time she took her camera to the streets and recorded arresting and historically important images of Suffragettes, sporting events, royal occasions and World War I soldiers and developed a significant enterprise in picture postcards which she published from her home in Fulham, London, till her death in 1939.
Despite her importance to press photography her achievements have, to date, been under-appreciated. This is the first publication on Broom's life and work and showcases her remarkable work through photographs drawn from the Museum of London s fine collection of her plate glass negatives and prints.
The book accompanied the exhibition Soldiers & Suffragettes: the photography of Christina Broom at Museum of London Docklands.
- Author: Anna Sparham, Curator of Photographers, Museum of London
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Date published: June 2015
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1781300381
- Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 27.7 x 2 cm