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Preview: A World Observed 1940 – 2010: Photographs by Dorothy Bohm

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photographer on June 22, 2010 at 9:29 am

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Dorothy Bohm

Now, through August 30th at the Manchester Art Gallery (UK) are the excellent B&W and color photographs of Dorothy Bohm.

A great range of tonality combined with excellent composition gives these images special appeal.

This comprehensive exhibition brings together over 200 photographic images, many of them seen in public for the first time, tracing Dorothy Bohm’s career which spans more than six decades and several continents. The absorbing show reveals a wide array of aesthetically striking yet deeply humane, visually sophisticated yet immediately accessible photographs that document a rapidly changing world in the second half of the 20th and early 21st centuries.

A World Observed 1940 – 2010 opens with a selection of Bohm’s work as a student at Manchester College of Technology (from which she graduated in 1942) and of the portraits she produced while working first at Samuel Cooper and then, from 1946, in her own Studio Alexander in Market Street, Manchester. These portraits will be displayed in a reconstruction of her studio, while a separate replica darkroom will demonstrate the now almost forgotten technique of black and white photographic processing.

The next section charts her discovery of open air photography when she began to spend time in the late 1940s and early 1950s in the artists’ colony of Ascona, in the Ticino, Switzerland. By the late 1950s she had completely abandoned studio portraiture for so-called ‘street photography’. With her husband Louis Bohm (a fellow émigré from Nazi Europe, whom she met when they were both students in Manchester) she travelled widely, and her work of this period provides fascinating insights into the changing face of post-war Europe, as well as the USA, the USSR and Israel.

Black and White Photography magazine lists this exhibit as “one not to miss” …

For more information: Manchester Art

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