Dorothy Bohm (born Koenigsberg, East Prussia, 1924 and a resident in England since 1939) is widely considered one of the doyennes of British photography. Whilst many books have been published on her work, to date there has not been a major retrospective of her career and work, which span six decades (from the 1940s to the present day) and several continents. This situation is to be changed by a new book, the most detailed and comprehensive to date, which illustrates over 250 of her photographs - both the black and white images Bohm produced until the mid-1980s, and the colour images she has produced since then. The book also contains three substantial essays: Colin Ford's text is largely biographical in emphasis; Ian Jeffrey's positions Dorothy Bohm's work within the history of photography and visual culture; and, Monica Bohm-Duchen's focuses on Dorothy Bohm as a female photographer and on the representation of women in her oeuvre. The work concludes with an easy-to-use index of thumbnail reproductions of her work.
Colin Ford CBE began his career in the theatre, and is an experienced director and broadcaster. He was keeper of film and photography at the National Portrait Gallery in London (1972-82) before becoming the founding head of Britain's National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford (now the National Media Museum). Among his dozen or so books on the history of photography are An Early Victorian Album: The Photographic Masterpieces of David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson (1974), The Cameron Collection: An Album of Photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron (1975) and Portraits (1982). Ian Jeffrey is an internationally-known authority on the history of photography. His Photography: A Concise History (1981) has become a classic. His other publications include The Photography Book (1997) and Revisions: An Alternative History of Photography (1999). He has taught principally at Goldsmiths College, University of London and the Central European University, Prague. Monica Bohm-Duchen is a freelance writer, lecturer and exhibition organizer. She co-curated Art in Exile in Great Britain 1933-1945, an exhibition held in Berlin and London in 1985-1986 and curated a major international exhibition entitled After Auschwitz: Responses to the Holocaust in Contemporary Art, which toured the UK during 1995. Her books include Arnold Daghani (1987), Understanding Modern Art (1991), Chagall (1998), Eva Frankfurther 1930-1959 (2001) and The Art and Life of Josef Herman (2009). She was a visiting lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London in 1999 and 2004, and currently teaches at Birkbeck College and New York University in London.
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