North in Focus

North in Focus

Held at Bradford 1 Gallery in 2008, this exhibition celebrated the early work of C.H. Wood and represented life in and around Bradford and the North of England in the first half of the twentieth century. The black and white prints are taken from quarter plate, half plate and whole plate glass negatives and include stunning aerial views of northern cities and towns in the 1930s and the 1940s. The C.H. Wood Photographic Collection, which consists of over 300,000 negatives and images, is part of Bradford Museums, Galleries and Heritage permanent collection.

Charles Harold Wood set up C.H. Wood (Bradford) Ltd in 1922 and went on to become one of the best known photographers in the region. Using light, composition and people he specialised in industrial and commercial 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.

Throughout the 1930s C.H. Wood developed his skills by using haze-penetrating infra red photography and adapted it for aerial use. Using this method he was able to produce crystal clear photographs covering vast distances.

Many of these images had never previously been displayed in public and give a visual insight into the life and landscapes of Northern Britain in the first half of the twentieth century.

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