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 Hall and organised lectures on Chinese, Japanese and Asian art. You can find out more about Katriana Hazell at her website

We are delighted that she has taken time out of her busy schedule to speak to the John Thomson Exhibition Video Blog about why she considers John Thomson’s work extra-ordinary.


Come to the John Thomson Exhibition

We hope to see you at the exhibition! The details are below:

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.