A Look at the Suffrage Movement With the UK’s First Female Photojournalist


A Look at the Suffrage Movement With the UK’s First Female Photojournalist

A photo essay by Laura C. Mallonee

In 2009, a striking collection of some 2,000 black-and-white photographs went up for auction at Sotheby’s. The photographer was Christina Broom, the United Kingdom’s first female photojournalist. You’d think collectors would have been rearing at the bit, but no one seemed to have heard of Broom. The lot failed to sell.

Fortunately, it was snatched up privately by the Museum of London, which has mounted the first-ever exhibition devoted to her work. Soldiers and Suffragettes: The Photography of Christina Broom reclaims the Scottish photographer’s place in history through an astounding array of prints, glass plate negatives, and picture postcards that span her three-decade-long career.

The-Prisoners-Pageant-©-Museum-of-London 2015 exhibitThe Prisoners’ Pageant, including key members of the WSPU Emmeline Pethick- Lawrence, Sylvia Pankhurst and Emily Wilding Davison, themselves former prisoners, 23 July 1910 (Image courtesy Museum of London)

~ by artpoped on July 15, 2015.

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