Dorothy Bohm

We are extremely fortunate to have Dorothy Bohm’s involvement with STREET LONDON this year – a woman whose photography so aptly fits this year’s theme of the ‘Borders of Street Photography’. We will share our exclusive interview with Dorothy and, depending on her energy levels at 94, we hope she can join us in on Sunday August 19th in person to take part in our panel discussion and sign books. 

Born in 1924 in East Prussia, Dorothy was sent to England in 1939 to escape Nazism. She studied photography in Manchester and established her own portrait studio at 21. Dorothy exhibited at the ICA alongside Don McCullin before co-founding The Photographers’ Gallery with Sue Davies in 1971. As Associate Director for 15 years she worked with the likes of Henri Cartier Bresson, Bill Brandt, Tony Ray Jones, and André Kertész. Dorothy was most known for her black and white work but then became an early adopter of colour photography. She refuses to be pigeonholed into any one genre and is a skilled portraitist, landscape and street photographer capturing life, light, and textures of cities around the world.
Dorothy is considered one of the doyennes of British Photography with 15 books published and numerous exhibitions. Her Sussex work is currently on exhibition at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester until 2nd September, and she has an upcoming exhibition at the V&A Museum of Childhood in November 2018.

“I have spent my lifetime taking photographs. The photograph fulfils my deep need to stop things from disappearing. It makes transience less painful and retains some of the special magic, which I have looked for and found. I have tried to create order out of chaos, to find stability in flux and beauty in the most unlikely places.”