Dorothy Bohm was born in Königsberg, East Prussia in 1924, and sent to the safety of England in 1939, where she has lived ever since. Originally trained as a studio portraitist in wartime Manchester, she started working outside the studio in the late 1940s, travelling extensively thereafter and establishing herself as a leading humanist street photographer. She was closely involved with the founding of the Photographers’ Gallery in 1971 and its Associate Director for the next 15 years.
“The photograph fulfils my deep need to stop things from disappearing... I have tried to create order out of chaos, to find stability in flux and beauty in the most unlikely places." - Bohm
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