Annie Davis

Annie Elizabeth Davis was born in 1870. She was an early woman photographer working in New Zealand.

Annie's younger sister Ethel Ellison (née Davis) was a friend of Edith Collier's. Some of Annie's photographs of Edith Collier are part of the Edith Collier Trust archive in the care of the Sarjeant Gallery. Some of the photographs show Ethel with Edith on bicycles in 1898 when Edith was 13 years old. Another set of images show Edith in a dress and holding a basket of lilies prior to her 1913 departure to study art in the UK.

In 1899 Annie together with photographer Emily Collis opened The Ridgway Studio (in an upstairs part of the Ridgway Building) in Whanganui. The studio was reported as being fitted out in a modern manner for the time and they had showcases of their photographic work on display in the street front below their studio. The pair had been working at another studio run by Alfred Martin and Davis had previously worked for Wrigglesworth and Binns (Wellington). The studio was short lived and the pair sold it in 1901 shortly before Collis got married. Sadly Collis died in 1903 (possibly complications from child birth). Davis shifted to Auckland and photographs by her were published in the Auckland Weekly News in 1911 and 1912.

Annie never married and in 1943 she died in Auckland, New Zealand.

Research notes supplied by Lissa Mitchell, Curator of Historical Photography at Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington.

Annie Davis's burial record is Auckland Council, O'Neill's Point Cemetery, public Area, Row T, Plot 069
b.1870, d.1943


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