Todd Henry

Documentary photographer, photojournalist and visual storyteller.
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Nationality: New Zealander & American
Biography: Social Documentary / Visual Ethnography. Todd Henry is a documentary photographer, photojournalist, and visual storyteller.  He is interested in capturing visual content that examines various aspects of our society that we often take for... read on
Masters thesis on the Waikato University Commons
todd henry
Mar 5, 2020
Location: tuvalu
My masters thesis on visual representations of climate change in Tuvalu is currently available for free download on the Waikato Commons website.  Download it and have a read if it's something that is of interest!

Here is what they say about it:

This thesis seeks to explore local Tuvaluan feelings and perceptions on the visual representation of Tuvalu in international climate change media stories in conjunction with the island nation’s growing status as a last chance tourism (LCT) destination. The study assesses, from a local Tuvaluan perspective, common visual themes that feature in international media stories on Tuvalu, while also investigating the potential connections between climate change imagery and the implications of Tuvalu being seen as a last chance tourism destination by foreign tourists. Using a qualitative research approach, with talanoa-informed interviews in Tuvalu and open-ended questionnaires for individuals who have visited Tuvalu as tourists, the study recorded the feedback of average Tuvaluan citizens representing a variety of educational, professional and socioeconomic backgrounds.Findings from this research indicate that there are feelings of misrepresentation among local Tuvaluans in relation to visual imagery that features in media stories on climate change. Such imagery contributes to visual narratives that often portray Tuvaluans as powerless victims of climate change. In addition, there is evidence that misrepresentative media imagery, as perceived by local Tuvaluans, plays a role in encouraging last chance tourists to visit due to a perception that Tuvalu’s islands are rapidly disappearing, and the country’s very existence is under imminent threat.Although last chance tourism is a potentially viable source of revenue for Tuvalu, locals appear divided as to whether or not it would be an ideal approach due to a range of possible long-term negative implications. Furthermore, interviews with tourists who have previously visited Tuvalu suggest that pre-travel low expectations for the country are generally not fulfilled once the unique culture and relaxed lifestyle of Tuvalu is experienced firsthand.While visual media misrepresentations of Tuvalu are commonplace and should be avoided through improvements in professional photojournalistic practices, such imagery appears to be placing additional attention on the country and influencing foreign tourists to travel to Tuvalu. This research shows that these tourists often tend to arrive with expectations of witnessing abject environmental degradation and human suffering as is often portrayed in media imagery, only to discover the presence of a resilient local population who are dedicated to remaining on their islands despite the environmental challenges they face. Read less

Exploring local perceptions on visual media representations of climate change and last chance tourism in Tuvalu


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Friends of Tonga Virtual Event: Gangsters in Paradise Discussion with Film Producer Todd Henry

By Todd Henry — Please join myself and Friends of Tonga as we virtually "sit down" to discuss the 2019 film Gangsters in Paradise on Friday, May 29 from..


By Todd Henry — I recently received my master's degree diploma from Waikato University in the mail.  I was away working in Tonga when the actual graduation..

New Tonga and Solomon Islands collection!

By Todd Henry — I have just put together a selection of photos from an IFAD photo mission that I went on back in December 2019 to Tonga and the Solomon Islands...
Media News

Re: The Solomon Islands Skateboarding Scene

By Todd Henry — I was recently in the Solomon Islands on a UN agriculture development photo mission.  While walking around Honiara one afternoon, I ran into a..

D-Photo Issue 93 Feature

By Todd Henry — A piece that I wrote about photographing other cultures as an outsider was recently featured in Issue 93 of D-Photo Magazine.  Check it out!..

‘Atenisi tonight

By Todd Henry — Tonight I will be presenting a “masterclass in advocacy photography” at ‘Atenisi University here in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. The..

Waikato University News: "Visual masters for prized photographer"

By Todd Henry — Waikato University News recently put up a piece about my research in Tuvalu.     Visual masters for prized photographer   ..

Re: Tuvalu as Tuvaluans want you to see it.

By Todd Henry — I recently wrote a piece based on my academic research of visual representations of climate change in Tuvalu that was published on New Zealand's..

Mono Awards Runner-up!

By Todd Henry — Thanks to the Mono Awards for selecting my photo for the runner-up in the people category!   The Mono Awards 2019 - The Winners! - Australian..

Pacific Journalism Review Photo Essay

By Todd Henry — I am proud to announce that a series of my photos from the Deportees of Tonga project, along with a written piece were printed and published in the..

Solo exhibition at Vunilagi Vou

By Todd Henry — Last Tuesday, August 6th, I was fortunate enough to hold the opening of my first ever solo exhibition at Vunilagi Vou gallery in Otahuhu.  It..

World Photography Organisation Print Sale

By Todd Henry — The World Photography Organisation website has my 2019 winning photo up for sale. Available in five different sizes! Printed on sustainable and high..

Tagata Pasifika Interview

By Todd Henry — TP+ ‘Deportees of Tonga: Gangsters in Paradise’ filmmaker showcases deportee photo series Director of 'Deportees of Tonga:..

Upcoming Photo Talk

By Todd Henry — I will be hosting another photo talk on behalf of Sony New Zealand at the Sylvia Park Sony Store on July 9 from 7:00 - 8:00pm.  Anyone who..

Photo featured on

By Todd Henry —   One of my photos from the ongoing kava documentary project has been used by Dr. Apo Aporosa to accompany his piece on kava and imperialism..

Madagascar Roadtrip Video

By Todd Henry — Footage I had since 2017 and only just got a chance to make something out of!

Gangsters in Paradise film on

By Todd Henry — As part of my photographer feature in Issue 90, D-Photo Magazine has shared a link to the Gangsters in Paradise - The Deportees of Tonga film that I..

D-Photo Issue 90

By Todd Henry — D-Photo Issue 90 is on sale now, and if you pick it up and turn to page 50 you will see that I have a 10 page feature of a selection of my photos..

Photographers Without Borders Magazine: Issue 12

By Todd Henry — A 2017 portrait that I shot of a friendly Malagasy lady in Andasibe, Madagascar is featured in the "Staff Picks" section of their latest..

Australasia's Top Emerging Photographers Competition

By Todd Henry — I am proud to announce that my 2018 documentary photography work in both Rēkohu and Tonga (Deportees of Tonga) were respectively selected as..


By Todd Henry — Sony New Zealand has kindly featured my work from Tonga on their website along with a nicely written piece by Lara Wyatt.   Click here to read..

Amish Lady and Baby photo on display at Somerset House in London

By Todd Henry — My winning photo from the World Photography Organisation contest was recently on display at Somerset House in London.  Unfortunately, the..

Photival Presentation Reflection

By Todd Henry — Last Tuesday (May 7th) I presented at the Te Auaha Gallery in Wellington as part of the Photival photographer lecture series, and on behalf of Sony..

Photo featured in Vincent O'Malley's new Book: The New Zealand Wars/ Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa

By Todd Henry — A photo that I shot back in 2016 of a group of Māori girls performing a tradtional song at Auckland Museum was recently featured as a full page..
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