G. W. Davis is mentioned often for the hiring of James Conway Farley, a prominent black photographer, at a time when that was unusual. He is also said to have fired other employees who objected. No biographical information has been found.
1875 - 1877
Richmond, VA, city directory, Davis as photographer at 821 E Broad
Hired James Conway Farley (August 10, 1854 - 1910?) as operator in Davis Gallery (Studio)
1877 - 1897
Richmond, VA, city directory, Davis as photographer at 827 E Broad
By this year, George O. Brown is working at the photographic gallery of George W. Davis.
Richmond, VA, city directory, Davis Photography Gallery at 817 E Broad
No mention of G. W. Davis after 1900
Photographer G W Davis
example from New York Library
The card a the left is possibly NOT the same Davis. Nothing has been found so far to place G W Davis at these addresses