SOLDIERS & SUFFRAGETTES: The Photography of Christina Broom


SOLDIERS & SUFFRAGETTES: The Photography of Christina Broom

ANNA SPARHAM    Book Number: 87290    Product format: Paperback

From novice photographer, to Britain's acknowledged pioneer woman press photographer, Christina Broom - or Mrs Albert Broom, as she was professionally called - transformed a self-taught skill into a business venture to support her family. Broom's catalogue of work is laid out for all to see as Anna Sparham celebrates the shots of this photography icon, her work covering images of Suffragettes, sporting events, royal occasions, World War 1 soldiers as well as developing an enterprise in picture postcards which she published from her home in Fulham. Margaret Deny discusses 'Mrs Albert Broom's Interesting "Snap Shot" Post Cards', Diane Atkinson explains 'A Riot of Colour: Mrs Albert Broom's Suffragette Photographs', and Hilary Roberts considers 'Ceremony and Soldiering: Mrs Albert Broom's Photography of the Armed Forces in Britain 1904-1939'. Her pieces are human and powerful, prime examples being her portraits of military men such as Col. E. S. Wyndham DSO of the 1st Life Guards, Major Edgar Sheppard DSO from the Grenadier Guards and Lt. Col. William Delaney DCM from Irish Guards, whose portrait had an annotated description from Broom on the reverse of the photo saying 'Conspicuous gallantry devotion to duty and untiring efforts to rescue wounded.' Broom's record of the Suffragette movement through photography is extraordinary, she covers most of their events from gatherings of women at The Sweet's Stall at the Women's Exhibition in May 1909, and The Prisoners' Pageant on 23rd July 1910 with key figures at the head of the pageant including Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, Sylvia Pankhurst, and Emily Wilding Davison (all of whom were former prisoners themselves), to suffragists preparing to take part in both the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies' Demonstration on 13 June 1908. There is an individual face-on portrait of Suffragette Charlie Marsh wearing a prisoner's medal and carrying the purple, white and green tricolour flag at the Hyde Park rally in 1908 and great landscape shots of journalists and a collection of nurses and midwives at the Pageant of Women's Trades and Professions on 27 April 1909 to show the breadth of support for the movement. Iconic moments in history include a sombre shot of crowds gathering at Buckingham Palace on Armistice Day in 1918, the state opening of Parliament published as a postcard in 1904, or the Cambridge rowing crew shortly before the start of the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race at Putney, 1914. In addition, she also records local events with as much aplomb as the national ones such as the English Church Pageant at Fulham Palace in 1909. Paperback, landscape 11" x 9", black and white photographs, 234pp.
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