Thursday, 20 September 2012

Review of Dorothy Bohm: Seeing and Feeling at the Margaret Street Gallery

Dorothy Bohm: Seeing and Feeling
Margaret Street Gallery
30 July – 29 September 2012

"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.”

At the grand old age of 88, Dorothy Bohm (born 1924, Königsberg, East Prussia) has indeed been taking photos for nearly a lifetime – for over 70 years, in fact, since her father handed her his Leica as she boarded the train to England to escape the Nazis in 1939. Her vast repertoire has grown from an early concentration on portraiture, to include still lifes, landscapes, cityscapes, and general images of human interest: snapshots of everyday life and society. Whilst Bohm herself asserts that “People everywhere experience the same joys, terrors, loves and tragedies,” her photographs nonetheless capture both the obvious and the more subtle distinctions between different social classes and cultures, both at home and abroad. 

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