(Visual Ethnography / Social Documentary.)

"Todd's work is documentary in focus, with research and storytelling being an important part of his practice. He places a priority on creating accurate visual representations of social and environmental issues in order to advocate for individuals, communities, and places that are often overlooked or taken for granted."

-Carwash Photo Group

Current location: Auckland, New Zealand.  

Available for photographic assignments, private instruction, and presentations worldwide.

Awards/ Achievements:
  • Master of Environment and Society (First Class Honours), Waikato University
  • Deep South National Science Challenge research grant recipient (2019)
  • Winner, 2019 Sony New Zealand World Photography Award
  • Co-producer, Vice (NZ) Zealandia Series documentary 'Deportees of Tonga: Gangsters in Paradise' (2020       Voyager Media Awards finalist).
  • Runner-up, 2019 Australian Photography Mono Awards
  • Runner-up, 2018 New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year 
  • Highly Commended, 2019 Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers Competition

Vice, IFAD, MORDI Tonga Trust, New Zealand Herald, DPhoto Magazine (NZ), Capture Magazine, GQ (Australia), M2 Magazine (Australia), Spasifik Magazine (NZ), Kultur Austausch (Germany), View Magazine (Germany), Radio New Zealand, Social Documentary Network (SDN), the Pacific Journalism Review (NZ), Bridget Williams Books, Photographers Without Borders, MTV, Ruptly.tv, DEF NZ, The Kava Society, Four Shells Kava Lounge, Talanoa Tuesday, AUT University, Waikato University, The Pacific Media Network (PMN),

Academic Publications:
Henry, T. M., & Aporosa, S. A. (2021). The virtual faikava: Maintaining vā and creating online learning spaces during COVID-19. Waikato Journal of Education, 26.  https://wje.org.nz/index.php/WJE/article/view/775

Academic Contributions:
Journal of Interdisciplinary Research (2019), Journal of Psychopharmacology (2019), Poster presentation: British Psychopharmacological Society Conference (2019), Health Research Council of New Zealand (2018), Waikato Journal of Education (2021)

  • Sony World Photography Exhibition 2019, Somerset House, London UK
  • 'Fofonga 'oe kau Fakafoki'. Vunilagi Vou Gallery, Otahuhu, NZ (2019)
  • Ghost South Road (featured photographic works), Auckland, NZ (2018)
  • Dignitaries and Deportees exhibition, Auckland Art Festival (2017)

  • "Ethics of climate change photography", 'Atenisi University (Tonga) 2020
  • "Photographing communities as a cultural outsider", Auckland Camera Centre 2019
  • "Visual Representations of Climate Change".  Sony Store, Auckland, NZ 2019
  • Photival 2019 featured speaker on behalf of Sony NZ (Wellington, NZ)

"While the use of images in research to assist explanation has been commonplace for several hundred years, an emerging group of highly skilled individuals is combining visually striking photography with academic text to create a new scholarly medium. Leading this group is award-winning photographer Todd Henry who is using both photographic imagery and well-written and referenced prose to address meaningful research topics. His recent Masters in Environment and Society, which investigated a Pacific environmental issue, provides an excellent example of this.

Mr Henry’s skill in capturing the depth of meaning in photography has also led me to use his work to support my own research writing, with those images featuring in authoritative publications such as the Journal of Psychopharmacology and Drug Science. I am extremely impressed with Mr Henry’s photographic skills and combined academic acumen. I will watch with interest the unfolding of his academic photographic career."

- Dr Apo Aporosa, Research Fellow, Te Huataki Waiora School of Health, The University of Waikato, New Zealand (August 2020)

"At the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) we invest in rural people, empowering them to increase their food security, improve the nutrition of their families and increase their incomes. We help them build resilience, expand their businesses and take charge of their own development. IFAD works where poverty and hunger are deepest: in the most remote regions of developing countries and fragile situations, where few development agencies venture. 

For IFAD, photography is a powerful tool that can be used to advocate for poor rural people, raise global awareness of rural poverty and how we are fighting it. Todd’s friendly personality, enquiring mind and strong background in environmental and social sciences makes him a natural in capturing the essence of people’s lives and livelihoods in the rural setting. While safeguarding their dignity and humanity, Todd’s photography beautifully brings to the forefront IFAD’s advocacy work and the issues that concern poor rural people."

- IFAD (2020) 

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Social Documentary / Visual Ethnography. Todd Henry is a documentary photographer, photojournalist, and visual storyteller.
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