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Go See: Christina Broom – The unsung female pioneer of UK press photography – London

• Soldiers and suffragettes: the photography of Christina Broom
Museum of London Docklands
• Friday 19 June – Sunday 1 November 2015

The extraordinary life and work of Christina Broom will be celebrated this summer in the first major exhibition of her work at Museum of London Docklands. Widely considered to be the UK’s first female press photographer, Broom began her photographic career in 1903 at the age of 40. Soldiers and Suffragettes: The Photography of Christina Broom will include a cross section of her work, including Suffragette processions, First World War soldiers, official photographs of the Household Division and key London events, from the Lord Mayor’s Parade and royal coronations and funerals to historical pageants. These photographs will be joined by original glass plate negatives, and objects which build a fuller picture of Broom’s character and her career, including personal possessions, a suffragette banner, letters, press passes, notebooks and a cuttings album.

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Portrait of Christina Broom taken by her daughter Winifred Broom, prior to the funeral of King Edward VII, May 1910

Anna Sparham, Curator of Photographs at the Museum of London, said:
“Broom successfully positioned her camera at the heart of momentous occasions both of London and national importance, capturing the beauty of a Suffragette spectacle alongside the poignancy of a soldier departing for War.”
The majority of the exhibition content will derive from the Museum of London’s collection of her work, including a recent acquisition of 2,500 photographs, supplemented with a few key loans from Royal Collections, The University of Texas, Austin and the National Portrait Gallery.
To accompany the exhibition Philip Wilson will publish Soldiers and Suffragettes: The Photography of Christina Broom. The book, the first to pull together the broad spectrum of Broom’s work, will feature over 250 illustrated images and four critical essays from leading photography experts, including Anna Sparham, Curator of Photographs at Museum of London and Hilary Roberts, Imperial War Museum Research Curator of Photography.
Further & Full details visited this week, great show, great vintage prints and albums!.