Todd M. Henry

Documentary photographer, photojournalist and visual storyteller.
    
Fongafale
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... MORE
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Fongafale
Copyright Todd Henry 2022
Date of Work Feb 2019 - Ongoing
Updated Mar 2019
Location Funafuti
Topics Climate Change, Conservation, Documentary, Environment, Islam, Photography, Photojournalism, Travel, Water
Tuvalu's main island of Fongafale is geographically isolated, low-lying, and measures in at only 12km long, and between 10m and 400m wide.  It is also one of the least visited countries on earth.

Some climate change scientists have predicted that due to current rates of sea level rise and climate change, Tuvalu as a sovereign nation will cease to exist in the next 50-100 years.  If these projections turn out to be true, Tuvalu could be the first nation to have to be evacuated as a result of climate change.  To date, no other countries have agreed to accept future Tuvaluan climate change refugees.

Despite the threats that climate change poses to the very existence of their ancestral island home, the Tuvaluan people maintain strong Polynesian cultural roots and live a lifestyle that is decidedly relaxed and unhurried.

I am currently conducting academic research in Tuvalu that investigates visual representations of the Tuvaluan people in international media and how this influences "last chance" tourism in the country.  My photographic work in Tuvalu is part of an ongoing project to showcase the relative normalcy of life in places that the media often portrays as hopeless and dire. I hope to expand this work to other countries in the near future.
 
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