Focus on Bradford

Focus on Bradford

Held at Bradford 1 Gallery in 2010, Focus on Bradford featured images reproduced from the archive of Bradford's renowned photographer, C.H. Wood. It concentrated on his company's work through the second half of the twentieth century and provided a fascinating glimpse into the social and working life of the people of Bradford during this period.

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 reads like a Who's Who of Bradford industry as he was employed by most of the 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. This exhibition includes aerial views of the city centre that show how Bradford has changed over the past sixty years.

The C.H. Wood Photographic Collection, consisting of over 300,000 negatives and prints, is part of Bradford Museums and Galleries permanent collection housed at Bradford Industrial Museum.

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