A Look at the Life and Photography of the UK’s First Female Press Photographer

The Museum of London has something to celebrate this month. Namely, the acquisition of a set of historically significant photographs captured by the late great Christina Broom.

Why are these photos significant? Because Broom was the UK’s first female press photographer, and she spent her life capturing everything from military images to daily life in the city of London.

That by itself is fascinating, but even more astonishing is the fact that Broom didn’t start photography until she was 40, when she started off learning on a camera borrowed from a friend.

The five-minute video above delves into her story a bit more (as well as the collection itself) so be sure to give it a watch and appreciate the ground-breaking work that Broom was doing. Below is a small collection of her photographs, many more of which are on display at the Museum of London from now through September 28th:

Jack Kipling with officers of Second Battalion Irish Guards, 191

Captain Greer of the 1st Irish Guards and his machine gun team g

The 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards prepare for war at the Wimble

The 1st Life Guards prepare to leave Hyde Park Barracks and head

King George V and Queen Mary host a tea party for wounded soldie

The ‘Bermondsey B’hoys’ from the 2nd Grenadier Guards

(via Amateur Photographer via DPReview)

Image credits: Photographs courtesy of Museum of London