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Assembling a Former for a Stator

Photograph
mid 20th century (taken), 2007 (taken)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.

Broomfield was often commissioned by manufacturers to produce photographs of a company's product, facilities and workers. One approach that lent a special force to his photographs of industry was his attitude towards workers; instead of emphasizing the mechanical or repetitive qualities of modern work, he chose to illuminate the strength and sensitivity of individuals. In his images, monumental machines and bizarre equipment are examined or operated by crisply attired men and women.

Heavily influenced by the New Objectivity aesthetic that emerged in Germany in the 1920s, Broomfield employed the use of dramatic lighting and unconventional camera angles, but brought the aesthetic to new levels in his use of colour film. He worked closely with Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) and llford, the manufacturer of photographic paper, to test new colour processes. His, and the industry's shift, from black and white to colour, is represented in these 12 photographs.

Broomfield's photographs were the focus of an exhibition at the Science Museum entitled "Maurice Broomfield's 'New Look' at Industry" (February-May, 2007). The exhibition highlighted Broomfield's photographs as important records of the post war era British manufacturing culture, but also pointed to their distinctly contemporary value: as the manufacturing sector has increasingly turned to cheaper markets in Asia and elsewhere, these photographs serve as reminders of a recent stage in Britain's manufacturing history.
read Maurice Broomfield – an introduction Maurice Broomfield (1916 – 2010) made some of the most spectacular photographs of industry in the 20th century. His work spans the rise of post-war industrial Britain in the 1950s to its slow decline into the early 1980s. From shipyards to papermills, and textiles production to car manufac...
object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Digital C-type print
Brief Description
Photograph by Maurice Broomfield, 'Assembling a Former for a Stator', 1960, Digital C-type print, printed 2007
Physical Description
A colour photograph by Maurice Broomfield of a female worker wearing white looking upon a wooden wheel.
Dimensions
  • Paper height: 50.7cm
  • Paper width: 60.8cm
Credit line
Given by Maurice Broomfield
Subjects depicted
Summary
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.



Broomfield was often commissioned by manufacturers to produce photographs of a company's product, facilities and workers. One approach that lent a special force to his photographs of industry was his attitude towards workers; instead of emphasizing the mechanical or repetitive qualities of modern work, he chose to illuminate the strength and sensitivity of individuals. In his images, monumental machines and bizarre equipment are examined or operated by crisply attired men and women.



Heavily influenced by the New Objectivity aesthetic that emerged in Germany in the 1920s, Broomfield employed the use of dramatic lighting and unconventional camera angles, but brought the aesthetic to new levels in his use of colour film. He worked closely with Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) and llford, the manufacturer of photographic paper, to test new colour processes. His, and the industry's shift, from black and white to colour, is represented in these 12 photographs.



Broomfield's photographs were the focus of an exhibition at the Science Museum entitled "Maurice Broomfield's 'New Look' at Industry" (February-May, 2007). The exhibition highlighted Broomfield's photographs as important records of the post war era British manufacturing culture, but also pointed to their distinctly contemporary value: as the manufacturing sector has increasingly turned to cheaper markets in Asia and elsewhere, these photographs serve as reminders of a recent stage in Britain's manufacturing history.
Associated Object
Bibliographic Reference
Maurice Broomfield, published by Foto8, 2009Plate 43. Assembling a Former for a Stator English Electric, Stafford, 1960
Other Number
V674, CV674 - Negative number
Collection
Accession Number
E.3731-2007

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record createdApril 27, 2009
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