Star rating – 8/10
I went along to this new exhibition of photographs by Dorothy Bohm after having heard a radio interview with her, but not being familiar with her work. She certainly sounded like a very interesting, talented and empathetic woman, and that is exactly how she comes across from looking at this display of a lifetime’s work and passion.
Bohm was born in 1924 in
Her forte is street photography – not posed but just capturing ordinary people going about their lives and connecting with them in a way which needs tremendous empathy and humility. One photo here shows a woman walking her dog and talking to a street cleaner having a break as she passes in 1970s
She explains her desire to capture precious moments on film forever as being rooted in her childhood experiences of losing so much in such a distressful way. And capture precious moments she certainly does. There is a great photo of a rural Swiss woman from 1948 stood in the field with her animals, staring straight at the camera with the years of hard work showing not only in the lines on her face but in her facial expression too.
Bohm is interested in capturing vulnerability, ‘happiness that passes and beauty that fades’. She travelled widely ad there beautiful photos here from
This exhibition is one of dignity, of ordinary people in their own environments, captured in time; from some trendy hipsters in a
Bohm’s photos reveal so much about her personality. They remind us to take time out to appreciate a beautiful moment instead of rushing on by. And that just cannot be a bad thing.