A Fascination with China – Betty Yao on Victorian photographer John Thomson [Video]

Co-curator, Betty Yao, was smitten the moment she saw John Thomson’s photographs of Old China and Siam at the Wellcome Library in London. She knew she just had to put together an exhibition of his work for the world to see. Here she talks to the John Thomson Exhibition video blogger about a fascination with China – both John Thomson’s and her own.



Come to the John Thomson Exhibition


Don’t take Betty’s word for it – check out John Thomson’s photos for yourself. Put these dates in your diary:

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 2018





The John Thomson Exhibition Blog features multi-media stories about John Thomson, the Victorian photographer, and the London exhibition of his photos of China and Old Siam from the 1860s, Through the Lens of John Thomson, co-curated by Betty Yao and Narisa Chakrabongse. www.johnthomsonexhibition.org


Betty Yao (R) talking to Yang-May (L) about John Thomson's photos of Old China and Siam