Hampstead Easter Fair, London, 1960s
Dorothy Bohm was born in 1924 in Konigsberg, East Prussia, into a Jewish-Lithuanian family. At the age of 14, she was sent to school in England to escape the threat of Nazism. Graduating in photographic technology from Manchester College of Technology in 1942, she worked in a leading local portrait studio, and went on to open her own Studio Alexander in Manchester in 1946. Dorothy married Louis Bohm in 1945, and has two daughters, Monica and Yvonne. She travelled extensively from the late 1940s onwards and her vast photographic archive boasts vivid images from her travels in Britain, Europe, Israel, the USA, Mexico, the USSR, South Africa, Egypt and the Far East. She worked in black and white until the early 1980s, when (encouraged by André Kertész) she experimented with Polaroid photography and thereafter worked exclusively in colour. For all her travels, London remained - and remains - her base and her images of the city she has made her home, her largest, most sustained and perhaps most significant body of work. A selection of her black and white photographs of London, drawn from its permanent collection, featured recently in Another London, a major group exhibition at Tate Britain. The Museum of London, which has just hosted her solo exhibition, Women in Focus: Photographs by Dorothy Bohm, also owns a substantial number of her photographs of London, both black and white and colour. Proud have featured Dorothy Bohm's photographs in the 2013 exhibition Dorothy Bohm: Sixties London at Proud Chelsea.
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