Australian-born Michael McCoy went to Solomon Islands in 1969 and stayed there for the next 26 years. A professional photographer and writer for more than 30 years, his work is well known throughout the South Pacific as the author of several books and as a contributor to numerous regional and international publications. The main focus of his photography has been traditional cultures and natural history subjects – the latter both above and below water. He has worked on contract photographic assignments for National Geographic and Australian Geographic, was stills photographer for the National Geographic television documentary The Lost Fleet of Guadalcanal and has lectured in photojournalism at the South Pacific Media Centre in Suva, Fiji. His most recently published book is the academic work, Reptiles of the Solomon islands (2006).
In the Foreword, Tim Flannery writes: "Mike McCoy lived in Solomon Islands for 26 years, and he has visited virtually every island of the group, consequently, very few people know this remote archipelago as well. Thankfully, as this book attests, he also ranks among the world’s great natural history photographers. His photographs of submarine life are as stunning as his land-based images, and very few photographers can achieve such empathetic images of indigenous peoples. Having worked with him in the Solomons, I think perhaps that’s because Mike is known and loved throughout the islands, allowing him to view and photograph the Solomons people as true friends and compatriots."
Solomon Islands – A South Seas Journey is a large format, coffee-table book. It is 32 cms x 24 cms, 176 pages, full colour throughout.