Camera Workers, 1858-1950

The British Columbia, Alaska and Yukon Photographic Directory, 1858-1950

Broadbridge, Richard[1, 2]


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  • Name Broadbridge, Richard 
    Gender Male 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1908-1915  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Association Croft, Lawrence Floyd (Relationship: Photographer) 
    Person ID I428  Camera Workers | B, vol. 2, 1901-1950
    Last Modified 31 Dec 2016 

  • Documents
    Richard Broadbridge's ad, <i>Vancouver City Directory</i> (Henderson, 1911), p. 1641.
    Richard Broadbridge's ad, Vancouver City Directory (Henderson, 1911), p. 1641.
    Note that "He takes motion pictures, too", which makes him one of the first professional cinematographers in Vancouver, edging out A.D. "Cowboy" Kean for that honor by two years.

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Commercial.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: In 1908-1909 he operated in partnership as the Broadbridge-Bullen Photo Company and in 1910-1911 under the name Broadbridge Commercial Photo Company.

      One of the finest of Edwardian-era Vancouver photographers, he moved to Australia. One of his more interesting series of landscape views and outdoor portraits documented the BC portion of Thomas W. Wilby's cross-Canada trip by automobile in 1912.

      He also advertised himself as a cinematographer, though no motion pictures credited to him are known to exist. Some of Broadbridge's photographs were also released as postcards.
    • IDENTIFYING MARKS: Print surface usually captioned, numbered, dated and signed or marked.
    • REFERENCES: VL1911, Vancouver; Pierce (1985: 70, 112); Steele (Draft, 1995 08 17).

  • Sources 
    1. [S872] COLLECTION: BL (Reliability: 3).
      Canadian Copyright Collection (prints). Some digital facsimile available through Wikimedia Commons by searching for "Richard Broadbridge"; URL (accessed 31 Dec 2016):

    2. [S134] COLLECTION: BVA.