Dorothy Bohm: Sixties London

Jewish Museum London

28 April – 29 August 2016

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The streets of 1960s London as captured by the influential Jewish photograher.

Dorothy Bohm, Notting Hill, 1960s

Born in East Prussia in 1924, Bohm and her family had to relocate to Lithuania in 1932 to escape Nazism. When she was 15, with Jewish persecution spreading inescapably across Europe, Bohm's parents decided to send her to Britain. Just moments before she left, her father handed her a Leica camera as a parting gift.

After finishing school in Sussex, Bohm moved to Manchester to study photography where she met and married her husband, Louis. After travelling in Europe, the US and Mexico with his job, the pair settled in Hampstead in the 1950s and Bohm turned her lens to focus on London's inhabitants – her interest spanned from schoolchildren to artists, workmen to market stall traders. The images she captured over the following decade document a transformative era in the capital, and are the subject of this display.

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