SIAM Through the Lens of John Thomson


Thu 24 November 2016 - Sun 15 January 2017

How to get there

  • Catch the Skytrain to Saphan Taksin Station
  • Catch the free River City shuttle boat, or Chao Phraya Express or Tourist Ferry

Your last chance to see this historic John Thomson exhibition in Thailand paired with antiques from a similar period.

This farewell exhibition is the last chance to admire these rare historical photographs before being returned to Wellcome Library, London. The centerpiece of this exhibition is the photograph of King Rama IV with young Prince Chulalongkorn, also known as King Rama V. There will also be talks on history, way of life, and society in these photographs among other activities.

Mr. John Thomson (1837 – 1921) was a Scottish photographer who traveled to Siam in 1865 during the reign of King Rama IV. As stated in his biography, “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 Asia and its people. Thomson possessed an open mind and was sensitive to the lives and surroundings of his subjects.” He was the first photographer to be commissioned to take photographs of the King and members of the royal family inside the Grand Palace.

Further information on the exhibition and activities can be found on River City official Facebook account or www.rivercitybangkok.com

River City Bangkok and River Books Co., Ltd. presents
“Siam Through the Lens of John Thomson, 1865 – 1866”
24 November 2016 – 15 January 2017
At RCB Galleria, 2nd Floor, River City Bangkok Shopping Center

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