A commercial animal during times of social upheaval: The photographer John Davis in Samoa 1871-1903

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationShifting focus
Subtitle of host publicationColonial Australian photography 1850-1920
EditorsAnne Maxwell, Josephine Croci
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherAustralian Scholarly Publishing
Chapter13
Pages134-154
Number of pages19
Edition1st
ISBN (Print)9781925003727
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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