Boch, Monika von - Monika von Boch: Das fotografische Werk, 1950-1980
Monika von Boch was born in 1915 as the daughter of the factory owner Roger von Boch-Galhau (1873-1917) and his wife Maria Reichsfreiin von Fürstenberg (1880-1962). During the Second World War she trained as a nurse in Bad Kreuznach . She was also involved in the family business Villeroy & Boch : she took care of the establishment of a company nursery and from 1948 she set up the company library and archives. 1] Between 1950 and 1953, von Boch attended evening classes at the State School of Arts and Crafts in Saarbrücken , where she was a pupil of Otto Steinertwas. She also participated in the exhibition "subjective photography", organized by Otto Steinert at the State School for Arts and Crafts.
From 1952 she was a factory photographer at Villeroy & Boch in Mettlach. In October 1960 she became a member of the artist group Neue Gruppe Saar . In November of the same year Edward Steichen acquired two photographs of Monika von Boch for the Museum of Modern Art in New York City . In 1963 she left the group and worked as a freelancer from that moment on. In 1964 a first solo exhibition followed at the Austrian State Printing Works in Vienna, and her works were also shown in the World Photo Exhibition organized by Karl Pawek . In 1968 she became a member of the Deutscher Werkbund. From 1983 she worked mainly with ceramics.
Shortly before her death, she had a last exhibition at the Saarland Museum in Saarbrücken in 1992/93.