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David Puttnam

Through the Lens of John Thomson: Exhibition Opening

On: 12 Apr 2018

Through the Lens of John Thomson: Exhibition Opening

Lord Puttnam will speak at the opening of the first London exhibition devoted to the Scottish photographer John Thomson (1837-1921) and his photography in Asia, which will be shown from 13 April-23 June 2018 at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS. Thomson’s photography of China, Siam (Thailand) and Cambodia was widely praised by his peers and continues to enthuse new audiences today. 

Thomson's collection of 700 glass plates travelled back to Britain with the photographer in 1872 and since 1921 has been housed and expertly preserved at the Wellcome Library, London. These 150-year-old glass negatives are in excellent condition allowing this exhibition to showcase very large, in some cases life-size, prints. The photographs will be exhibited alongside a selection of Qing robes, textiles and Siamese court objects

Admission is Free