Seeing Daylight – a film portrait of Dorothy Bohm
Join us for a special preview screening of ‘Seeing Daylight’, a film portrait of Dorothy Bohm, one of Britain’s finest street photographers. With contributions from friends and family, and reflections from Dorothy as – still active at 92 – she looks back at her most important images and revisits the places where it all started. Produced by Unity House, this 45 minute film is followed by a 30 minute Q&A with Monica Bohm-Duchen (Dorothy’s daughter) and producer/director Richard Shaw.
Raised in Königsberg (present-day Kaliningrad) in 1924, Dorothy came of age in the shadow of Nazism. Climbing on board the last train escaping invading forces, Dorothy’s beloved father gave her the only thing he had with him – his Leica camera – with the parting words: ‘You might be able to use this’. Dorothy would not see her family again for another two decades. In that time, she would study photography in Manchester, England and go on to capture a world recovering from war in a series of astounding exhibitions and books. Influenced by close friend André Kertész, Dorothy began to experiment with Polaroids in the 1980s, as the world of colour photography opened up new possibilities.