AboutZoe Bingham Fine Art's inaugural show is a large selling exhibition of Dorothy Bohm's vintage photographs. London-based photographer Dorothy Bohm was born in 1924, in Königsberg (now Kaliningrad), East Prussia, into a Jewish-Lithuanian family and has lived in England since 1939. The show comprises nine Polaroids and thirty vintage gelatin silver prints that were printed by Bohm at the time of taking the pictures. A number of the prints in the exhibition have not been exhibited or published previously. Selected from Bohm's personal archive, the photographs include her observations of Mexico, Europe, South Africa and Israel, dating from the late 1940s to 1982.
In 1969, Bohm participated in the first exhibition of photography at the ICA. People at Peace was her contribution to the exhibition Four Photographers in Contrast (with Don McCullin, Tony Ray-Jones and Enzo Ragazzini), a significant show that led to a revival of public interest in photography in the UK. Some photographs available to purchase from our show are the very same that appeared in that important exhibition.
In 1971, Bohm was intimately involved in the founding of the first gallery for photography in London The Photographers' Gallery. She remained its associate director for fifteen years. During this time she built lasting friendships with the photographers she met such as Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Bill Brandt and André Kertész. The latter's particular stylistic influence is evident in her colourful Polaroid compositions from the early 1980s. This will be a rare opportunity to purchase a selection of these Polaroids.
Dorothy Bohm's photographs have been published in 14 books, shown in over 16 solo exhibitions, documented in a BBC film, and reside in numerous private and public collections including The Arts Council England, The V&A, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, Musée Carnavalet, Paris, and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. In 2009, Dorothy Bohm was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by The Royal Photographic Society. Our selling exhibition coincides with Manchester Art Gallery's major touring retrospective A World Observed 1940 2010, Photographs by Dorothy Bohm, on show in Manchester from 24th April to 30th August 2010, and includes some of the images featured in that exhibition.