This is the first exhibition devoted to the images of China taken by the Scottish photographer John Thomson (1837 – 1921). Born in Edinburgh two years before the invention of the daguerreotype and the birth of photography, Thomson first travelled to Asia in 1862, where he set up a professional photographic studio. Fascinated by local cultures, Thomson returned in 1868 and settled in Hong Kong. Over the next four years he made extensive trips to Guangdong, Fujian, Beijing, China’s north-east and down the great river Yangzi. This exhibition is drawn from his time in these regions.
China Through the Lens of John Thomson 1868-1872
Tuesday 2nd October 2012 - Sunday 2nd December 2012