Arthur James Northwood’s father, Richard Arthur Northwood, emigrated to New Zealand from Australia in the 1860s. An industrial chemist by trade, Richard Northwood encouraged his sons Arthur, Richard and Hubert in the pursuit of photography, and the three went on to document the logging and Kauri gum industries of the Far North throughout the closing decades of the nineteenth century and into the early twentieth. Arthur Northwood maintained a studio at Kaitaia beginning in 1909, and was also involved in setting up Kaitaia’s movie theatre. He was known mainly for his outdoor work, as opposed to studio photography or portraiture. Arthur Northwood’s work, along with that of his brothers, comprises the Northwood Collection, a significant archive of prints and glass-plate negatives held by the Alexander Turnbull Library. The brothers’ extant cameras and studio equipment are held in the collection of the Far North Regional Museum in Kaitaia.