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China through the lens of John Thomson 1868 - 1872

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China through the lens of John Thomson 1868 - 1872

Time: February 9, 2010 to June 6, 2010
Location: Merseyside Maritime Museum
Street: Albert Dock
City/Town: Liverpool L3 4AQ
Website or Map: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.o…
Phone: 0871 200 2233
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: Wellcome Library/Merseyside Maritime Museum
Latest Activity: Mar 28, 2010

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Merseyside Maritime Museum is the first UK venue to show this extensive exhibition of almost 150 photographs by the legendary Scottish photographer and travel writer John Thomson (1837-1921).

The photographs document his journeys through China from 1868 to 1872. Unlike most photographers working in the Far East at that time, Thomson was not a government official, nor a missionary. He was a professional photographer who was fascinated by China. Thomson possessed an open mind and was sensitive to the lives and surroundings of his subjects. He was able to capture people and street life in a most natural way. His photographs therefore form a unique archive documenting 19th century China's landscapes, architecture, people and customs.

Thomson's collection of 650 glass plate negatives is now housed in the Wellcome Library, London. This exhibition of prints from the collection was shown in venues across China in 2009 before coming to Liverpool.

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