A special screening of Seeing Daylight: The Photography of Dorothy Bohm, directed by Richard Shaw and premiered on Sky Arts in 2018.
Dorothy, widely acknowledged as one of the doyennes of British photography, arrived in the UK in 1939 as a child refugee from Nazism. With contributions from other photographers, curators, friends and family, and reflections from Dorothy herself, this sensitive and often moving documentary explores some of her most memorable images and revisits some of the places that have shaped her unique and deeply humane view of the world.
The screening will be followed by an online Q&A with Dorothy’s daughter and curator of her archive, art historian Monica Bohm-Duchen and (it is hoped) with Dorothy herself.
Dorothy Bohm (née Israelit), born in Koenigsberg 1924; family moved to Memel, Lithuania in 1932; June 1939, sent to England, age 14. From 1940 she studied photography becoming a ‘street photographer’ in the late 1940s. In 1970 she was closely involved with founding of Photographers’ Gallery, London and in the early 1980s, she started working with polaroid colour photography. In 2009, she was made Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. Has exhibited widely, and published over 15 books. Now aged 96, she remains closely engaged with her photography.
Monica Bohm-Duchen is the initiator and director of Insiders/Outsiders, an ongoing cultural project which celebrates the contribution of refugees from Nazi Europe to British culture.
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