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5788274Siam Through The Lens Of John Thomson 1865-66
DateSaturday 9th February 2019 to Sunday 31st March 2019
DescriptionA 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.
Time(s)From Feb 9, Sat & Sun 11am-5pm, Mon-Fri 11am-4.30pm, ends Mar 31
LocationNew Walk Museum and Art Gallery
Telephone No.0116 225 4900
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New Walk Museum and Art Gallery
AddressNew Walk
Telephone No.0116 255 4100
0116 225 4900
Opening timesMonday - Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm,
Sunday 11.00am to 5.00pm.
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