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On display at V&A South Kensington
Request to view at the Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C , Case BLCG, Shelf B

Balancing a Ship Propeller

Photograph
1956 (photographed)
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.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silver gelatin print
Brief Description
Photograph by Maurice Broomfield, 'Balancing a Ship Propeller', 1956, gelatin silver print, printed about 1995
Physical Description
A silver gelatin print of a worker handling a ship's propeller
Dimensions
  • Paper height: 606mm
  • Paper width: 504mm
Marks and Inscriptions
Signed Maurice Broomfield
Gallery Label
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)
Credit line
Given by the artist
Subjects depicted
Places 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.
Associated Objects
Other Number
M1014-1 - Negative number
Collection
Accession Number
E.3733-2007

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record createdJune 8, 2009
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