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01/09/2022 - 02/10/2022

Mid C20th - Photography


Dorothy Bohm - Mexico 1950s-1970s

Tue-Sat: 12-6pm

Somers Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of Dorothy Bohm’s photographs of Mexico, which includes an exclusive selection of images rarely shown before or shown here for the very first time.

Dorothy Bohm (née Dorothea Israelit) was born in 1924 in Königsberg, Germany (now Kaliningrad, Russia). In 1932 the family settled in Memel (now Klaipeda, Lithuania) to escape the rising threat of Nazism. In June 1939, her parents sent her to the safety of England, where she has lived ever since.

The first book of Dorothy’s photographs was published in 1970, followed by over fifteen more. Her work has been exhibited widely, and is held in a number of public collections in the UK, including Tate, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Museum of London and the National Portrait Gallery. A major retrospective was held at Manchester Art Gallery in 2010, and further exhibitions and publications have followed, consolidating her reputation as one of the doyennes of British photography. She was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 2009. Now aged ninety-eight, she continues to be closely engaged with her photography.


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