Soldiers and Suffragettes - The Photography of Christina Broom

Soldiers and Suffragettes - The Photography of Christina Broom

The exhibition Soldiers and Suffragettes - The Photography of Christina Broom runs at the Museum Of London Docklands from the 19th of June to the 1st of November 2015.

Christina Broom is considered the first British female press photographer. She photographed London between the years 1904 and 1939, capturing a variety of scenes from street photography and social occasions like Race Boats, to Royal events and portraits.

This exhibition is the first one dedicated exclusively to Christina Broom and showcases some of the photographs never displayed in public before.

The exhibition is divided into various sections. The first one displays portraits of Christina Broom followed by an overview of her first years as a photographer. In 1904 she set up a stall in the Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace, selling postcards of photographs that she had taken. Her business of selling postcards of London brought her a commercial success until her death in 1939.

Another section of the exhibition showcases photographs that Christina took of the Suffragette events and processions in the early 20th century London as well as a series of portraits of women. The Suffragette pictures were printed by hand by the Museum from the original glass plate negatives, produced by Broom.

Christina Broom was a pioneer in press photography and the exhibition displays a variety of photographs that were published in London newspapers of her times. She was also appointed official photographer to the Household Division from 1904 to 1939 taking portraits of individual soldiers as well as the whole division, which is also well documented at the exhibition.

The final part, which is one of my favourites, displays the original glass plate negatives, donated to the Museum of London by Winifred, the daughter of Christina Broom.

As part of the exhibition program the Museum is also running Early photography workshop on the 26th of September 2015.

To find out more about the exhibition and Christina Broom please visit Museum of London Dockland's website and blog.