Maurice W Broomfield (2 February 1916 – 4 October 2010) was a photographer whose images of post-war British industry were credited with capturing the optimistic spirit of the time.
Life and work
Born in Draycott, Derbyshire, Broomfield was the son of a lacemaker. On leaving school at 15, he worked as a lathe operator on the assembly lines of the engineering company Rolls-Royce. In the evenings he studied at Derby College of Art. During the Second World War he was a conscientious objector, working in the Friends Ambulance Unit as an ambulance driver in the London Blitz, and after the war for Save the Children in Germany.
His son Nick Broomfield is a celebrated documentary film-maker.
Broomfield's archive has been acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum.