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A Valuable Testament to the Beauty of Asia – Marine Cabos on the Photography of John Thomson

Art historian Marine Cabos discusses the value of John Thomson’s photographs in the context of the history of China and the history of photography as well as their value for collectors at art auctions A Lifelong Passon for China and Photography I have a background in Chinese studies and history of art. For a long time,  I have personally felt passionate about Asian civilizations and analogue photography. My father used ...
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Jinshan Temple on the River Min in Old China

John Thomson’s Influence on Film and TV design – Deborah Ireland

Photography writer and historian Deborah Ireland gives us an insight into Victorian photographer John Thomson’s far-reaching influence on other famous Victorian writers such as Isabella Bird as well as on film and TV design today. Deborah writes: John Thomson is one of the great photographers in the history of photography and his connection with The Royal Geographical Society spanned fifty-five years. John Thomson’s Influence on 20th Century Film & TV ...
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Narisa Chakrabongse - John Thomson Exhibition

John Thomson’s Photos of Siam (Old Thailand) – Narisa Chakrabongse [video]

Founder of Thai publishing house Riverbooks and co-curator of the John Thomson Exhibition in London, Narisa Chakrabongse, sits down with video blogger Yang-May Ooi to talk about John Thomson's photographs of Siam (Old Thailand). We are delighted to have had the chance to talk with Narisa Chakrabongse in between her international travels between Thailand and the UK.  In this video blog, Narisa shares her love of John Thomson's images of ...
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Ida Chow (R) speaking to Yang-May Ooi (L) about John Thomson's legacy for modern audiances - John Thomson Exhibition

John Thomson’s legacy for modern audiences – Ida Chow [video]

East Asian Art history fan Ida Chow talks to multi-media blogger Yang-May Ooi on the John Thomson Exhibition Video Blog about the legacy of John Thomson's photographs of Old China and Siam for modern audiences. Come to the John Thomson Exhibition Exhibition: China and Siam – Through the Lens of John Thomson Venue: Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG, near Russell Square Dates: 13 April to 23 June ...
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Michael Wood - for the John Thomson Exhibition

Don’t Miss Historian Michael Wood’s Lecture on John Thomson’s Photographs of Late Qing dynasty China!

Come and learn all about China and John Thomson from historian Michael Wood - for FREE! The Greatest Photographic Record of The People of Late Qing Dynasty China Historian and film maker Michael Wood reflects on Thomson’s amazing and moving images, the greatest photographic record of the people of Late Qing dynasty China and the role they played in presenting daily life in China to the Victorian public. Book Your Ticket Now EVENT: ...
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Vase seller - John THomson Exhibition

A Record of Daily Life in Old China – Meixin Wang on the photographs of John Thomson

Meixin Wang, China Resource Specialist at the British Museum tells us how John Thomson’s photographs can help us understand the history of China During the 1860s, Scottish photo-journalist travelled across South East Asia and China. He took with him the latest camera equipment of the time, using the wet plate photographic technique. He captured street scenes, people and landscapes - and his photos of China are on display at a ...
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Fruitseller, China, 1860s - by John Thomson

Victorian Photographer John Thomson on Social Media

We think of historical figures, especially the Victorians, as old fuddy-duddies who are stuck in the past and with no interest in new stuff. Well, that’s just plain wrong when it comes to Victorian photographer John Thomson. Find out why below… John Thomson was one of the early adopters of photography in the mid 19th century, learning everything he could in order to turn professional. He was also fascinated by ...
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Elephant in Siam - John Thomson Exhbiition Brunei Gallery London

John Thomson Talk at The Royal Geographical Society ¦ Event on 30 April

Interested in Old China and Siam? Want to learn more about John Thomson, the legendary travel photographer of the Victorian era? Come to this public talk at the Royal Geographical Society - free to RGS members and students and only a fiver for everyone else. The talk is part of a range of events throughout the spring and early summer of 2018, arranged in connection with the exhibition China and ...
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katriana hazell on the john thomson exhibit6ion

John Thomson and Street Photography in 1860s China – Katriana Hazell

Independent curator Katriana Hazell tallks to Yang-May Ooi on the John Thomson Exhibition Blog about John Thomson's street photography in 1860s China - and why this new London exhibition of the legendary photographers work is so special. Katriana has curated exhibitions across the world on diverse subjects ranging from tapestry to masks and the symbolism of the tiger. She has also produced performances at the Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore ...
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Behind the Scenes at the John Thomson Exhibition [recorded on Facebook Live]

We were live at the Brunei Gallery as the exhibition team worked to install the photos ready for the opening next week. Videoblogger Yang-May Ooi talks to Narisa Chakrabongse and Paisarn Piammattawat about Thomson's photos of Siam and chat to Betty Yao about the layout of the China section of the exhibition. Come to the John Thomson Exhibition We hope to see you at the exhibition! The details are below: ...
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