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Soldiers and Suffragettes: The Photography of Christina Broom

Soldiers and Suffragettes: The Photography of Christina Broom
Anna Sparham

Contributions by: Margaret Denny, Hilary Roberts, Diane Atkinson

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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 camera s presence at many significant historical events and her importance to press photography her achievements have, to date, been underappreciated; this, the first publication on her life and work redresses the neglect and also illuminates the vital role of her dedicated assistant and daughter, Winifred, without whom Broom s substantial contribution to photography might have been lost.The book showcases Broom s remarkable work celebrating her personal journey, approach and skill through many rich photographs, drawn from the Museum of London s fine collection of her plate glass negatives and prints which reflect her visual style and spectrum of subjects.

Essays from four women who have engaged closely with her work for several years explore and contextualise her imagery and reveal the compelling story of the women behind the lens. The book accompanies the exhibition Soldiers & Suffragettes: the photography of Christina Broom at Museum of London Docklands."

Table of Contents

Anna Sparham

‘Mrs Albert Broom’s Interesting “Snap Shot” Post Cards’
Margaret Denny

‘A Riot of Colour’: Mrs Albert Broom’s Suffragette Photographs
Diane Atkinson

Ceremony and Soldiering: Mrs Albert Broom’s Photography of the Armed Forces in Britain 1904-1939
Hilary Roberts

From Royalty to Racing: Mrs Albert Broom Photographs the Spectacles of London 167
Anna Sparham

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Author Info

Anna Sparham is Curator of Photographs at the Museum of London. Graduating with a degree in photography from Nottingham Trent University in 2001, she joined the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum, working as an assistant curator with the photographs collection. Sparham joined the Museum of London in 2004, becoming a curator in 2006.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd
Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd

ISBN: 9781781300381
Publication Date: 29 Jun 2015
Number of Pages: 240
Height: 230
Width: 280

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