Todd Henry

Documentary photographer, photojournalist and visual storyteller.
    
Tuvalu Photos
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
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Tuvalu Photos
todd henry
Mar 24, 2019
Location: Funafuti
I have just posted up a photo project with some selections from time I spent in the South Pacific Island nation of Tuvalu.  Click here to view the project.

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 small and isolated islands, the Tuvaluan people maintain their strong cultural Polynesian 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.
 
     Todd Henry Photography, Fongafale
          Tuvalu is often featured in the international media due to the effects of climate change and sea level rise on small island nations.  The main...
      
 
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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..
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Waikato!

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..
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Masters thesis on the Waikato University Commons

By Todd Henry — My masters thesis on visual representations of climate change in Tuvalu is currently available for free download on the Waikato Commons website...
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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...
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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..
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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!..
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‘Atenisi tonight

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

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

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..
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Madagascar Roadtrip Video

By Todd Henry — Footage I had since 2017 and only just got a chance to make something out of!
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Gangsters in Paradise film on DPhoto.co.nz

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..
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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..
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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..
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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..
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Sony NZ's Alpha Bravo Website Photography Feature - TODD HENRY: DOCUMENTING THE DEPORTED AND DISPLACED IN TONGA

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..
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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..
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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..
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