Two workmen rest on their ladders and enjoy a pint outside a pub (likely the Duke of Wellington) in Notting Hill, in this photograph taken by Dorothy Bohm from around 1960. Bohm made the switch from portraiture to street photography in the 1950s, and preferring the candid nature of snapshotting moments in time.
Notting Hill, London
Date of work
Original:Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper 38.9 x 29 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’.