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Siam through the Lens of John Thomson 1865-66


Siam through the Lens of John Thomson 1865-66

A stunning exhibition of large-size photographs, enlarged from the original 19th century photographic plates of John Thomson (1837-1921).

This pioneering 19th century Scottish photographer explored China and Siam in the 1860s. The photographic technology, such as large format camera and wet-collodion process plates, was cutting edge for its time. Photography had only been invented some 20 years previously. He photographed King Mongkut Rama IV, his royal family and entourage and several royal ceremonies.

With special travel permissions from the King, Thomson travelled to Cambodia and was the first to photograph the ancient site of Angkor Wat. The range, depth and sensitivity of John Thomson's photographic vision marks him as one of the most important travel photographers of his time. Exhibition curated by Betty Yao MBE.

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New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, 53 New Walk, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 7EA

Tel: +44 (0) 1162254900

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Gallery Dates: (9 Feb 2019 - 31 Mar 2019)
Monday - Friday11:00 - 16:30
Saturday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00



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