Maurice Broomfield was born in Draycott, Derbyshire, where his father was a lacemaker. In 1931, aged 15, he worked on the production line at Rolls-Royce, also attending evening classes at Derby College of Design, where he discovered the flair for photography that provided him with the means of escape from the factory floor.
During the Second World War, Maurice worked in the Friends’ Ambulance Unit, aiding casualties of the blitz, and afterwards travelled around Europe, taking pictures of its ruined cities. On his return to the UK, he set up a London- based partnership with the established commercial and portrait photographer Yevonde Cumbers Middleton, known as Madame Yevonde. Broomfield then launched himself into the project that was to last him for the next 30 years – documenting the heyday of British industry.
The artist died in 2010.