Christina Broom, London Photographer

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Portrait of Christina Livingston made three days before her marriage to Albert Edmund Broom  © Museum of London Portrait of Christina Livingston made three days before her marriage to Albert Edmund Broom © Museum of London

Christina Broom (née Livingston, 1862 – 1939) was a lone female London photographer of the Edwardian age and during World War One. Her achievements are all the more remarkable considering her small physical stature and the floor length dresses and elaborate hats she was obliged to wear at that time while lugging around cumbersome photographic equipment. Broom made a living out of postcards and also selling news images to the press. Lord Roberts and Queen Mary were among her great admirers, which helped to gain her often exclusive access to places like the Royal Mews and Wellington Barracks where she enjoyed carte blanche to shoot at will. The result was hundreds images of London’s streets and people during the early decades of the 20th Century.

In 2014 the Museum of London acquired a…

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2 thoughts on “Christina Broom, London Photographer

  1. Looks like a very interesting exhibition. She seems to have been a great character, and yet another intrepid female from our history. It is good to know that so much of her work has survived.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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