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 Siam in the context of her in-depth personal knowledge of Thailand and Thai history.

Watch the Video Interview


Narisa is the only daughter of Prince Chula Chakrabongse and his English wife Elizabeth Hunter. Her paternal grandfather was Prince Chakrabongse Bhuvanath, the Prince of Bishnulok (Phitsanulok), who in turn was the son of King Rama V (Chulalongkorn) of Siam. She is the founder and CEO of River Books which publishes a wide range of books on Southeast Asian art and culture, and is the editor of the Oxford River Books English-Thai Dictionary. Together with her aunt Eileen Hunter she has authored Katya & the Prince of Siam, a biography of her Ukrainian grandmother Ekaterina Ivanovna Desnitskaya Ekaterina Ivanovna Desnitskaya (Mom Katerin) and her grandfather Prince Chakrabongse Bhuvanath. [Source: Wikipedia]

Come to the John Thomson Exhibition

The lecture is exclusive to the John Thomson Exhibition. Come and see the exhbition – details 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


Narisa Chakrabongse - John Thomson Exhibition


Photo: by Lupt Utama, with thanks


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.