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... read on
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Fongafale
Credits: todd henry
Date of Work: 02/22/19 - Ongoing
Updated: 03/24/19
Location: Funafuti
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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Paceracer

By Todd Henry / Auckland
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IFAD Photo Mission 2019

By Todd Henry / honiara — A collection of photos taken as part of an International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) photo..
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Films

By Todd Henry / Nuku'alofa — A collection of films that I have worked on.
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Fofonga 'o e kau fakafoki

By Todd Henry / Nuku'alofa — There are over 700 deportees in the small Pacific Island nation of Tonga.   These individuals were born..
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Antananarivo ny Toliary

By Todd Henry / Antananarivo — A roadtrip from Antananarivo to Toliary. September 2017.
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Hjólabretti

By Todd Henry
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Wāhine Hoiho

By Todd Henry / Rothesay Bay — Until recently, 85 year old Sylvia Durrant spent virtually every waking hour of her day caring for sick and..
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Tau 'alu faikava

By Todd Henry / Nuku'alofa — Kava has deep ancient and traditional roots in the South Pacific Islands, but is a relatively new phenomenon..
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Rēkohu

By Todd Henry / Chatham Islands — Rēkohu, also known as the Chatham Islands, lies approximately 800km east of Aotearoa New Zealand.  The..
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Gemeeschaft

By Todd Henry / Belleville, PA — A rainy day at an Amish community benefit auction in Belleville, PA USA.  May 2018.
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