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Dorothy Bohm talks about her life and work in this conversation with Amanda Hopkinson, author of photography books, including two books with Bohm: Sixties London and her newest publication About Women.
Dorothy Bohm was born in East Prussia in 1924, and moved to Lithuania in 1932 with her family to escape the threat of Nazism. Bohm was sent by her parents to safety in Britain in 1939, armed with a Leica camera handed to her by her father at the very last moment. London has been her home since the 1950s.
Dorothy Bohm has worked as a photographer all around the world, capturing ordinary lives from Europe to the Americas to the Far East. She was closely involved with the founding of the Photographers’ Gallery in London in 1971 and was its Associate Director for fifteen years. She was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 2009.
Amanda Hopkinson is the author of a dozen books on photography and photographers, from a biography of Julia Margaret Cameron to the work of her mother, the Picture Post photographer, Gerti Deutsch. She is also a Professor of Literary Translation at City University, London, and has translated over thirty books.
Doors: the museum is open late from 5pm onwards
This event accompanies the Dorothy Bohm: Sixties London exhibition, running from 28 April - 29 August 2016.