Broomfield, Maurice. (2 of 5). Oral History of British Photography.

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  • Recording date

    2007-01-10, 2007-02-08

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home, Emsworth, Hampshire

  • Interviewees

    Broomfield, Maurice, 1916-2010 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Barnes, Martin (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 2: Maurice Broomfield (MB), born 1916 at Breaston, Derbyshire. An only child. Early memories. Father a lace designer, artist and art teacher, later joined the railway company as an engineering draftsman. Description of father and his interests, especially art and music. Description of life at home and of his mother and her interests in herbal remedies. Memories of school, which he left at age 15 to work in the Rolls Royce factory as a lathe operator. Attended Derby Art College in the evenings. Won a competition for product design for confectionary and began work for Rowntree, York as a graphic designer for window displays. Began to use photography in design work. Influence of design journals from Scandinavia and Bauhaus journals from Germany. Began to use evocative lighting in graphic and commercial design for window displays. Gained instruction in photography from members of the photographic society in York and from the photographic department at Rowntrees. However, mostly self-taught. Describes his fascination with developing and printing. Description of camera equipment used. Left Rowntrees age 22.

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    Life story interview with photographer Maurice Broomfield (1916-2010)

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