Exhibition: China and Siam: Through the Lens of John Thomson

This exhibition runs from Sun, 6th May 2018 to Sat, 23rd Jun 2018. See all dates

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Cost: Free of Charge

First London exhibition devoted to the Scottish photographer John Thomson (1837-1921) and his photography in Asia.

Thomson’s photography of China, Siam (Thailand) and Cambodia was widely praised by his peers and continues to enthuse new audiences today. Widely credited as one of the greatest travel photographers and precursor to photojournalism, Thomson was the first photographer to record Angkor Wat and these striking images are included in the exhibition.

The images are from newly discovered negatives held at the Wellcome Library, London.

John Thomson (1837–1921) was a Scottish photographer and writer who set off for Asia in 1862. Over the next ten years he undertook numerous journeys photographing countries including Siam, Cambodia and various provinces of China. Photographs from these journeys form one of the most extensive records of any region taken in the nineteenth century. The range, depth and aesthetic quality of John Thomson’s vision mark him out as one of the most important travel photographers whose influence is still felt today.

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