Here, Dorothy Bohm captures a girl in a mini dress stepping into a boutique in Chelsea, 1968. At the time, Chelsea was the fashion destination of choice for London shoppers – in that year, both the famous Chelsea Drugstore and The Beatles’ Apple Tailoring opened their doors to join Mary Quant’s Bazaar, Alice Pollock’s Quorum and Michael Rainey’s Hung on You in the Kings Road fashion hub.
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Original: Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper 21.2 x 11.5 cm Tate. Gift Eric and Louise Franck London Collection 2013. © Dorothy Bohm
Dorothy Bohm (born 1924) is a London based photographer, working in street photography and portraiture. She lived in Lithuania until the age of 15, when her Jewish-Lithuanian family sent her to England to escape Nazism. She studied photography at Manchester Municipal College of Technology and the City and Guilds of London Art School. After setting up her own portrait studio, she moved onto street photography, with she practised internationally. Now respected as one of the most important figures in British photography, Bohm has said that her chosen medium, the photograph, ‘fulfils my deep need to stop things from disappearing’.