C. H. Wood

C. H. Wood

Charles Harold Wood, widely recognised as C.H. Wood, started his career in photography in 1922. A decade later he set up C.H. Wood (Bradford) Ltd. and went on to become one of the best known photographers in the region. With his characteristic use of light, composition and people he produced work for industry, commerce and advertising. His client list read like a Who's Who of Bradford industry as he was employed by most of its big textile, engineering and manufacturing firms. Using his interest in flying he also specialised in aerial photography, producing crystal clear views of the North of England.

Following the Second World War there was a period of expansion as C.H. recruited other photographers. Sons David and Malcolm followed in their father's footsteps and eventually took the reins when he retired in the 1970s. A move to new purpose-built premises followed and high standards were maintained throughout the last two decades of the twentieth century.

Acquired by Bradford Museums and Galleries in 2003, the C.H. Wood Photographic Collection holds over 300,000 negatives and prints.

Bradford Museums and Galleries have curated several exhibitions from the wealth of images found in the C.H. Wood Collection:


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