Industrial Sublime

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Maurice Broomfield was a humanist photographer of the heroic and sublime – and sometimes surreal – qualities of industry and manufacture. He captured factories and their workforces in an era of rapid transition in the 1950s and 1960s, depicting the remnants of the industrial revolution alongside emerging modern technologies. Taking inspiration from eighteenth-century paintings and modernist photography, he composed pictures meticulously, and with deep empathy for his subjects. This book shows a selection of his most important images alongside contextual material, much of which has never been published before. Broomfield’s vision remains relevant, and prompts questions about the legacy of British industry.

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Maurice Broomfield (1916-2010) was a humanist photographer of the heroic and sublime – and sometimes surreal – qualities of industry and manufacture. His work spans the rise of post war industrial Britain in the 1950s to its slow decline into the early 1980s. Through his perfectionism, skill and sheer delight in the possibilities of photography, he produced an invaluable record of Britain’s manufacturing past that is packed with artistry and high drama.

‘My father always wanted to be called Maurice not Dad, so Maurice it is?’

Industrial Sublime
is introduced by Maurice’s son, filmmaker Nick Broomfield, who this year released the documentary My Father and Me, which explores his relationship with Maurice. V&A curator Martin Barnes discusses the life and work of Maurice, whom he came to know well as he worked to transfer his archive from his Hampshire home to the Museum. He also analyses in more detail a selection of the most important images, many of which are accompanied by memories related by Maurice as he revisited his work. Together they form a monument not just to the might of British manufacturing, but to the dedication, skill and experience of the workers.

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Dimensions 27 × 21.6 cm
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Cover

Hardback

Pages

144

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

779.967 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K