Ben Uri collection

Work by Dorothy Bohm

Dorothy Bohm has commented of her work: 'The photograph fulfills my deep need to stop things disappearing. It makes transience less painful and retains something 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.' Born into a Jewish family in Königsberg, East Prussia (now Kaliningrad, Russia) in 1924, Bohm was sent to England by her family in 1939 at the age of 14. As her father kissed her goodbye, he handed her his own Leica camera saying 'it may be useful one day'. During the Second World War, Bohm studied photography in Manchester and opened her own portrait studio at the age of 21. In the late 1940s her interest in outdoor photography was stimulated by frequent visits to the Swiss Lakes when she began to focus on photographing people un-posed and within the natural environment. Afterwards, she spent a year in Paris, before continuing to travel widely. Her early black-and-white photographs are in the tradition of the innovative humanist street photographers, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Manuel Álvarez Bravo and André Kertész, whom she knew and admired. When she began to work in colour in the 1980s she added a new sensuousness and tactility to her work. Focusing increasingly on easily overlooked details from the everyday world, she began creating complex, semi-abstract images in which the human presence is nonetheless always implicit.

1 work/s by this artist from the collection are shown below. For a more detailed record and image please click on the link.

Torn Poster, South Bank, London

Object type photograph

Accession number 2008-12