China - Through the Lens of John Thomson


FIRST Edinburgh Exhibition of Master Photographer John Thomson

The first Edinburgh exhibition devoted to the Scottish photographer John Thomson (1837-1921) and his photography in China will be shown from 30th September 2021 to 22nd March 2022 at the James Watt Centre, Heriot Watt University.  Thomson’s photography of China was widely praised by his peers and continues to enthuse new audiences today. This exhibition commemorates the centenary of his death and forms part of Thomson’s alma mater, Heriot Watt University’s bi-centennial celebrations. 

The exhibition contains 94 black and white prints from Thomson’s China collection and is on display in the James Watt Centre at Heriot Watt’s Riccarton Campus until 22nd March 2022.  Access is free and visitors to the University are very welcome but opening hours vary and due to COVID restrictions booking is essential.  Click here to book.


Through the Lens of John Thomson

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