Thomas Andrew (photographer)
Thomas Andrew, circa 1919
19 January 1855|
Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand
|Died||7 August 1939
Andrew took photographs that are of significant historical and cultural value including the recording on camera of key events in Samoa's colonial era such as the Mau movement, the volcanic eruption of Mt Matavanu (1905–1911) and the funeral of writer Robert Louis Stevenson.
Many of his surviving images are held in the collections of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and include landscapes and studio portraits of Samoans that went beyond the colonial stereotypes of the time.
Andrew was born in Takapuna, a suburb in Auckland on the North Island of New Zealand. In 1891, he went to Samoa where he worked with two other New Zealand photographers, Alfred John Tattersall and John Davis. He died in Apia, the capital of Samoa.
Samoan male with traditional tattoo (pe'a), taken 1890s
Samoan traditional tattooist (tufuga ta tatau), c 1895
Interior of church building in Niue, 1896.
- "Thomas Andrew". Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Retrieved 13 February 2009.
- Maxwell, Anne (2000). Colonial Photography and Exhibitions: Representations of the Native and the Making of European Identities. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 166. ISBN 0-7185-0229-9. Retrieved 13 February 2010.
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