Charles Bohannah, a native New Yorker, was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1910. Bohannah began his career as an artist in high school, later enrolling in the Cooper Union School of Art. Around this time Bohannah also joined the prestigious Art Students League. While studying drawing and painting, he began doing "wash drawings" for use in magazines. Bohannah's first critical success was winning a scholarship, as a result of an exhibition at the Roak Art Museum in New York. This occurred around the beginning of World War II, when Charles chose to attend the Bell Signal Corp. School of radio to help the war effort.
During the war, Bohannah began to use photography as a means of self expression, working i
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