Reeder, Warwick ANU thesis 1995
Reeder's thesis The Democratic Image strongly promotes the non-photographer A.H. Boyd as THE photographer of Tasmanian prisoners' photographs held in public institutions. The ERRORS of fact are numerous: wrong biographical data on Nevin's family and career; unseen examination of Glover's article 1979 which does not mention the children's fiction by E.M. Hall; unseen examination of the the so-called ONE photograph at the SLNSW supposedly by Boyd which is unattributed, dated 1894, and not a photograph of a prisoner; no reference to the police records of the "convicts" who were just ordinary criminals, habitual offenders when photographed - and not at the Port Arthur prison but by Nevin at the Hobart Gaol. His statement that Chris Long was the originator of the "belief" about A.H. Boyd, however, is correct and the most important statement made by Reeder in these few pages.
Jul 19, 2010