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|Start Date:||14th March 2013|
|End Date:||28th April 2013|
Proud Chelsea is pleased to announce this stunning exhibition of Sixties London images by celebrated photographer Dorothy Bohm. Born in central Europe in 1924, and resident in England since 1939, Bohm is one of the most productive, respected and wide-ranging photographers of our time. Closely involved with the founding of The Photographers’ Gallery, London, in 1971 (and its Associate Director for 15 years), she also founded the Focus Gallery for Photography in Bloomsbury in 1998; in 2009 she was elected an Honorary Fellow of The Royal Photographic Society.
This collection, subtle in its beauty and bold in its scrutiny, reveals the photographer’s own vision of 60s London. Bohm first marvelled at London’s skyline in 1939, and remembers it as “a city of spires, domes and palaces!”. After working as a studio photographer in Manchester, she discovered the pleasures of working en plein air in Switzerland in the late 1940s. In 1950, she moved to London but continued to travel widely. After living in Paris and New York in the mid-fifties, she settled in Hampstead, northwest London, in 1956, which remains her home to this day.
In this exhibition – co-curated by the photographer’s daughter Monica Bohm-Duchen, in consultation with Dorothy herself -- Bohm casts her inquisitive eye over a London that is both foreign and familiar. With her trusty Rolleiflex camera, she picks out a mismatched troop of besuited bankers, mischievous schoolchildren and attractive yet curiously isolated women against impressive urban landmarks and more intimate backstreets.