First female press photographer’s images revealed

Wartime images by the UK’s first female press photographer, plucked from an archive of more than 2,500 pictures, are due to go on show from tomorrow.

Christina Broom/museum of london
Christina Broom/museum of london Christina Broom

Pictures above: Portrait of photographer Christina Broom; and the 'Bermondsey B'hoys' from the 2nd Grenadier Guards at Wellington Barracks, in 1914 or 1915 [picture credit: Museum of London]

Christina Broom, who taught herself photography aged 40, worked between 1903 and 1939 - becoming a photographer to the Household Brigade.

Broom created and sold photographic postcards, covering London's military activities before, during, and in the aftermath of war.

Her photos will go on show in a free exhibition at the Museum of London from 4 April-28 September.

Pictured before leaving for war, Captain Greer of the 1st Irish Guards - all killed in battle soon afterwards
[picture credit: Museum of London]

A spokesperson for the museum, which acquired the collection recently, said: ‘In this centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War, the display focuses on Broom's portrayal of London's military life.

‘On show is a small, yet poignant selection of stills depicting soldiers in London mobilising for war and leaving for the Western Front.'

The museum - which also holds a significant collection of Broom's suffragette photos - says it is planning a ‘major exhibition' of Broom's life and photography in the autumn of 2015.

For more details visit the Museum of London website.

[All photos: courtesy, Museum of London]


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