Exhibition Picture Album

Window to the East John Thomson – The Journey to Formosa, China and Southeast Asia 1865–1871

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Almost like a journey through time, this book invites readers to experience the Asia of 140 years ago. The 250 photographic works by John Thomson, taken during his travels through Asia between 1865 and 1871, reflect his unique viewpoints and document the exotic appeal of the Far Eastern cultures of his time. The inner pages are bound using red stitching threads, which is a symbol of both the “red thread of destiny” and the travel trail of John Thomson connecting five countries and areas of the Far East. Inspired by the notion that Thomson’s photographic works opened a window into a world unknown to Westerners of the time, there is also a window implemented in the cover page of each chapter. The cover is decorated with a white ribbon. This design also symbolises that John Thomson’s works are a valuable gift of human histories and memories for future generations.

  • Client:
    Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung City
  • Design:
    Pao-Chin Huang, Ushow Design, New Taipei City
  • publisher/editor-in-chief:
    Pei-Ni Beatrice Hsieh
  • executive editor:
    Fangling Tseng
  • printing:
    Hershuen Premier Printing & Publishing Co., Ltd.
  • paper:
    Round Perfect Co., Ltd.