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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Dagenham (photographed)

  • Date:

    1953 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Broomfield, Maurice, born 1916 - died 2010 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver gelatin print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case BLCG, shelf D

Maurice Broomfield (1916-2010) worked to photograph the changing face of British manufacturing industries during the 1950s and 1960s. His photographs are recognized for their uniquely modern design elements, humanist strain, and their contribution to the documentation of the rebirth of British industry in the post war era.

Physical description

Silver gelatin print of worker wearing protective glasses and mask, holding an iron rod.

Place of Origin

Dagenham (photographed)


1953 (photographed)


Broomfield, Maurice, born 1916 - died 2010 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Silver gelatin print

Marks and inscriptions

Signed by Maurice Bloomfield, dated 1953. 8/25


Height: 60.8 cm, Length: 50.3 cm

Descriptive line

Photograph by Maurice Broomfield, 'Fettler', 1953, gelatin silver print, printed 1995

Labels and date

Broomfield made his name as the premier photographer of post-war British industry. From the 1950s until the 70s he was regularly commissioned by companies such as English Electric, Ford, Shell and Philips.

Broomfield sought to elevate the figure of the worker. Through careful composition and strong lighting his photographs create a sense of the drama and atmosphere of labour. As manufacturing has turned to cheaper markets overseas, these photographs serve as a reminder of an important moment in Britain's industrial history. [20/03/2012]

Subjects depicted

Rod; Iron; Worker; Labour; Industrial; Factory; Men; Glasses; Fire; Mask




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