Photography as an art form is relatively new on Guam. There have been visiting photographers on Guam since the early 1900s. However, the evolution of photography as a form of artistic expression of the island residents has only happened within the last thirty years.
Used to document Chamorro life
Travelers who visited Guam, along with the military, used photography to document Chamorro life. Helen Paul, a U.S. Navy officer’s wife and a schoolteacher on Guam in the early 1900s, was one of the earliest known persons to document early Chamorro life and Guam.
In July 1927, the father of the religion of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard lived on Guam as a military dependent. At the age of sixteen, Hubbard learned photographic techniques from Thomas Mayhew, a photographer living on Guam, and started a lifelong interest in photography. In May 2007, the L. Ron Hubbard Foundation exhibited his work from that