Who was Christina Broom?
Although it's not a name you will have heard of – a victim of widespread sexism – Christina Broom is a vastly important figure in the world of photography. Following her husband's deteriorating health, Broom took up photography in her 40s and rose from a self-taught amateur to prolific commercial success.
Taking to the streets of London, Broom captured some 40,000 photographs in her lifetime, documenting the pomp and pageantry of royal life, Suffragette processions and wartime strife. She began by selling her photographs as postcards at the gates of the Royal Mews by Buckingham Palace, but Broom's dignified static photography would go on to find favour with high-profile publications like The Illustrated London News, Country Life and Tatler.
This Museum of London photography exhibition features images that have never been seen before in public, Broom's vastly popular picture postcards and even boasts prints and original glass plate negatives. Consider this a unique chance to examine London life through the lens of a bold and pioneering early photographer whose name we should all remember.
|What||Soldiers and Suffragettes: The Photography of Christina Broom, Museum of London|
Museum of London Docklands
West India Quay, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4AL | MAP
|Nearest tube||Barbican (underground)|
19 Jun 15 – 01 Nov 15, Mon-Sun: 10am – 6pm
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