The island group of Samoa underwent near cataclysmic changes during the second part of the nineteenth century, when colonial powers competed for influence and control. While the resident photographer, the Australian John Davis, was well placed to observe and record, his commercial livelihood depended on the goodwill of the various players. This paper examines how Davis' work reflects the political realities of the day and how he managed to run a successful business.
|Title of host publication||Shifting focus|
|Subtitle of host publication||Colonial Australian photography 1850-1920|
|Editors||Anne Maxwell, Josephine Croci|
|Place of Publication||Melbourne|
|Publisher||Australian Scholarly Publishing|
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|