Photos of the John Thomson Exhibition Launch Party

It’s hard to believe that the John Thomson Exhibition opened two months ago with a buzzy launch party. The time has whizzed by and there’s only 2 and a half weeks left of the exhibition!

Here is a  lively slideshow of the celebrities and other photography lovers who came along to the John Thomson Exhibition launch party. Click through to view each photo.



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It was great to see so many people at the party snapping selfies of themselves with friends and also taking photos of John Thomson’s images. There was also a corps of press photographers and videographers capturing footage of the event.

We were honoured that John Thomson’s great grand daughter and great great grandson were able to attend. We think that Thomson would have loved the tables being turned on him  – or perhaps, more accurately, the cameras being turned on him for a change. If he had been around to enjoy the party, he would have been fascinated by the progress that photography has made from the heavy cumbersome wet collodian cameras he had to work with to the amazing little gadgets we can carry in our pockets – and which capture movement, colour and sound, too!

We would love you to see this unique exhibition before it ends on 23 June 2018 so please do come along as soon as you can! Details are below.


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: NOW ON  to 23 June 2018


Press photographers at the John Thomson Launch Party - with John Thomson's great grand daughter alongside

Press photographers at the John Thomson Launch Party – with John Thomson’s great grand daughter alongside


Photos: Agnes Au and Gee-Hae Kim


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.