China Through the Lens of John Thomson 1868-1872
to 6 PM
2010 Flora Street , Dallas, TX
Start date: Saturday, February 16, 2013
End Date: Sunday, May 5, 2013
Experience the vanished world of Imperial China vividly captured on glass plates in China Through the Lens of John Thomson 1868–1872, the first exhibition devoted solely to images of China taken by the Scottish photographer that startlingly reveal the character of the vast empire.
Born in Edinburgh two years before the invention of the daguerreotype and the birth of photography, Thomson first traveled 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 northeast, and down the great river Yangzi. This exhibition is drawn from his time in these regions.
These were the early days of photography, when negatives were made on glass plates that had to be coated with emulsion before exposure. A cumbersome amount of equipment was required, but with perseverance and energy Thomson captured a wide variety of images: landscapes, people, architecture, and domestic and street scenes. As a foreigner, his ability to gain access to photograph women was particularly remarkable.
Thomson’s excellent work in China established him as a serious pioneer of photojournalism and one of the most influential photographers of his generation.
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