Exhibition: China – Through the Lens of John Thomson

GWTM - China Through the Lens of John Thompson

Exhibition dates: 19 September 2015 – 14 February 2016

In the second half of the nineteenth century, Scottish photographer and travel writer John Thomson took four journeys across China. His photographs capture scenes and people from all walks of life – ministers, high officials, wealthy traders, street vendors, brides, boat women, monks and soldiers – providing a lasting record of nineteenth-century China’s landscapes, architecture, communities and customs. This exhibition, organised by the George Washington University and The Textile Museum, presents a stunning selection of Thomson’s photographs displayed alongside contemporaneous pieces from The Textile Museum’s collection of Qing Dynasty textiles and accessories. The colourful textiles help bring Thomson’s powerful black-and-white images to life.

For more information, visit the website of the Textile Museum, Washington DC.

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