A display of work by the UK’s first female press photographer.
Christina Broom was not the first woman in Britain to pick up a camera, but she was the first to take to the streets. At the age of 40, with a husband who could no longer work, Broom needed to find a new form of income. She began by producing idyllic landscapes to be sold as postcards, but soon began recording life in the city around her, from the Lord Mayor’s Parade, to suffragette processions and scenes from the home front at the outbreak of the First World War.
Despite taking over 40,000 photographs and being published in Tatler, Illustrated London News and Country Life her position as a pioneering photojournalist is relatively unknown. Her first solo show at Museum of London Docklands features original glass plate negatives, postcards and cuttings, as well as a full range of autograph books, professional correspondence and notepads, helping to piece together this Edwardian photographer’s extraordinary career.