John Thomson: A Pioneer of Travel Photography ¦ Talk at the Royal Photographic Society

If you’re interested in travel photography, this talk about one of the pioneers of the artform, John Thomson, is right up your street. It’s at the Royal Photographic Society in London and only £5. Find out more below

Learn about a  Pioneer

The first London exhibition of John Thomson’s photography provides an opportunity to look at his working practices from wet collodion to dry plate. He was one of the few nineteenth century photographers who actively continued promoting the application of photography, thirty years after his first success in the Far East.

Using his own words where possible, examples of his negatives from the Wellcome Collection and prints from the Royal Geographical Society, we hope to show how his expertise and passion for the application of photography is still relevant today.

chao praya panorama - by John Thomson

Chao Praya panorama, Siam (Old Thailand) – by John Thomson


Deborah Ireland FRPS Freelance writer specialising in the history of photography

Betty Yao, co-curator of the exhibition ‘China and Siam: Through the Lens of John Thomson’ at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, London.



Event: Talk on John Thomson

Date and time: 14 April 2018, 13:30 – 15:30

Venue: V&A Seminar Room 5, Victoria and Albert Museum, London SW7 2RL




Royal Photographic Society website

John Thomson’s photos, courtesey of Wellcome Library, London


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.