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5774305China: Through the lens of John Thomson (1868 - 1872)
DateWednesday 21st November 2018 to Sunday 2nd June 2019
DescriptionChina: Through the lens of John Thomson (1868 - 1872)Friday 2 November 2018 - Sunday 2 June 2019 From 1868 - 1872, legendary photographer, John Thomson (1835 -1921) travelled extensively through China and produced an extraordinary record of the country, its landscapes and its people.The beauty and sensitivity of his work established him as a pioneer of photo-journalism and one of the most influential photographers of his generation.His achievement is all the more remarkable given the early stage of photography required travelling through difficult terrains with large cameras, glass plates and heavy equipment.As a foreigner, Thomson's ability to gain access to photograph women was particularly remarkable. Whether photographing the rich and famous or people in the streets going about their everyday business, Thomson's desire was to present a faithful account of the people he encountered.See iconic photographs of China reproduced on a large, sometimes life-size, scale accompanied by objects collected by Merton and Annie Russell-Cotes on their visit to China only a decade later.
Time(s)Tue-Sun 10am-5pm, ends Jun 2
LocationRussell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum
Price£7.50, child/NUS £4, family £20
Telephone No. 01202451858
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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum
AddressEast Cliff
Telephone No.01202 451800
01202 451858
Opening times10.00am - 5.00pm Tuesday-Sunday
Closed: Mondays, Christmas Day and Good Friday
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