China Through the Lens of John Thomson (1868-1872)

China Through the Lens of John Thomson (1868 – 1872)

March 18 – July 30, 2016

University of Alberta Museums Galleries at Enterprise Square (10230 Jasper Ave)

Gallery Hours: Thursday / Friday: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Saturday: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

(Admission by donation)

This is the first exhibition devoted to the images of China taken by the Scottish photographer John Thomson (1837 - 1921). Thomson was a pioneer in photojournalism and one of the most influential photographers of his generation.

He captured monuments and unfamiliar landscapes in his photographs, and was interested in the customs, occupation and appearance of the Chinese people – both rich and poor. All images in the exhibition are from The Wellcome Library Collection(London, England).


March 18, 2016 - Opening Reception

March 20, 2016 -"John Thomson in China: The Intrepid Traveller and Survival of his Photographic Collection" (Free Public Lecture)

June 23, 2016 - "Claiming the View: Photography and Travel in John Thomson's Time" (Free Public Lecture)

June 29, 2016 - "Through and Beyond Thomson's Lens" (Free Public Lecture)

June 30, 2016 - Walk & Talk: Exhibition Tour with John E. Vollmer

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