Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Thomas Andrew

Thomas Andrew was a New Zealand photographer who was born in Takapuna in 1855, a suburb in Auckland on the North Island of New Zealand.

Net fishing, Samoa
Net fishing, Samoa. Photo by Thomas Andrew
Mata’afa Iosefo Laiufi and court
Mata’afa Iosefo Laiufi and court. Photo by Thomas Andrew
Inaga fishing
Inaga fishing. Photo by Thomas Andrew

He worked as a photographer in Napier. He later opened a studio in Auckland which was destroyed by fire. In 1891, he went to Samoa where he worked with two other New Zealand photographers, Alfred John Tattersall and John Davis.

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.

Waterfall. Photo by Thomas Andrew
Village scene
Village scene. Photo by Thomas Andrew
Papalaulelei, Savai’i, 1907.
Papalaulelei, Savai’i, 1907. Photo by Thomas Andrew

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.

He died in Apia, the capital of Samoa.

Roast Pig
Roast Pig. Photo by Thomas Andrew
Harbour scene
Harbour scene. Photo by Thomas Andrew

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