The forgotten photographer who saved a town
For nearly 100 years the name Jos Divis was missing from histories of New
Zealand photography. Now a wrong is being righted.
Some call him the ‘inventor of the selfie’. A street photographer ahead of his
time he pioneered techniques to capture images of ordinary people and their
working lives in a way no-one else could.
Imprisoned for his beliefs, he lived his last years alone in the ghost town he
helped bring to life, his family believing him dead.
is a journey of discovery following a historian, a photographer and a
museum curator all working to give Jos Divis’ the recognition he deserves.
A film by Dave Kwant and Robyn Janes
46 mins, All Audiences.