Thomson, John, 1837 -1921 (photographer)
- Existence: 1837 - 1921
Thomson set himself to publishing his work, producing a number of volumes. In 1877, in collaboration with Adolphe Smith, he made a photographic study of the London poor. However, the series, which was called 'Street life in London', ceased publication the following January. In 1878 Thomson travelled to Cyprus, but this was to be the last of his photographic excursions. On his return to England, Thomson set about establishing a portrait studio. In 1886 he was appointed tutor in photography to explorers by the Royal Geographical Society.
Thomson married Isobel Petrie in November 1868 and they had six children. He died in October 1921 (White 1986, pp.9-36).
See the frontispiece, p.6 and p.10 of White's 'John Thomson...' (1986).
Thomson, John (1867), 'The antiquities of Cambodia: a series of photographs taken on the spot, with letterpress description'. Edinburgh.
Thomson, John (1872), 'Foo Chew and the River Min'.
Thomson, John (1873-1874), 'Illustrations of China and its people'. 4 volumes. London: S Low, Marston, Low and Searle.
Thomson, John (1875), 'The straits of Malacca, Indo-China and China, or, Ten years' travels, adventures and residence abroad'. London : S. Low, Marston, Low, and Searle.
Thomson, John and Smith, Adolphe (1877-78), 'Street life in London'. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington.
Thomson, John (1879), 'Through Cyprus with the camera: in the autumn of 1878'. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington.
Thomson, John (1898), 'Through China with a camera'. Westminster: A. Constable and Co.
Browne, Turner and Partnow, Elaine (1983), 'Macmillian biographical encyclopedia of photographic artists and innovators'. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
White, Stephen (1986), 'John Thomson: life and photographs'. [London]: Thames and Hudson.
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John Thomson (1837-1921) was a distinguished photographer and traveller, and this is volume I of his magnum opus, published in four volumes in 1873-74. It contains excellent Woodbury-type reproductions of his photographs taken in the early 1870s, and substantial notes on each illustration.