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Photography exhibitions in the 1960s were rare. Bohm’s first show, People at Peace, was part of Four Photographers in Contrast (with Don McCullin, Tony Ray-Jones and Enzo Ragazzini) at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. It was the first photography exhibition that the ICA had ever held, and proved hugely popular.  Its reception inspired its organiser Sue Davies to co-found The Photographers Gallery with Bohm in 1971.

With numerous exhibitions and publications to her name, Dorothy Bohm is regarded as one of the doyennes of British photography. Her life encapsulates the potential of the refugee, coming with very little, and leaving a great deal.