John Thomson is one of 19th century’s greatest photographers, a pioneer of photojournalism.

The FIRST London exhibition of China and Siam: Through the Lens of John Thomson opens 13 April 2018 and runs through to 23 June. The exhibition covers a decade of Thomson’s photographic work in Asia from 1862 to 1872 and is curated from the renowned collection of glass negatives at the Wellcome Library, London.

This follows an acclaimed international exhibition tour to 20 museums, seen by over 920,000 visitors worldwide.

Venue: Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

Dates: from 13 April to 23 June 2018



Watch the exhibition trailer below


Thursday 21 June 18:30 – 19:30

Free gallery tour at the Brunei Gallery|SOAS exhibition China and Siam through the Lens of John Thomson 

Exhibition co-curator Betty Yao MBE will introduce Thomson’s life and work and follow his footsteps in Asia.  She will highlight the people and places he photographed and divulge the story, the twists and turns behind the survival of this valuable collection through 150 years.

Venue:  Brunei Gallery|SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

Meeting place:  by the Gallery reception in the rotunda 5 mins before start of event.





John Thomson Images from:

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