Ans Westra

A life in photography

Paul Moon

A woman driven to photograph

In a career that spanned six decades, the Dutch-Kiwi photographer Ans Westra (1936–2023) made it her life’s work to capture the growth of a nation through hundreds of thousands of images. Her photographic
catalogue is now widely thought of as a photo album of Aotearoa New Zealand.

This richly illustrated biography interrogates her remarkable — and at times controversial — practice, and a life that always put photography first.

To look inside, click here.

‘This richly detailed biography is an all-encompassing overview of one of the foremost chroniclers of New Zealand life’ — Linda Herrick, New Zealand Listener

  • CATEGORY: Art, design and architecture, Biography and memoir, History, Te ao Māori
  • ISBN: 9781991016775
  • ESBN: 9781991016553
  • PUBLISHER: Massey University Press
  • IMPRINT: Massey University Press
  • PUBLISHED: 09/05/2024
  • PAGE EXTENT: 328
  • FORMAT: Soft cover
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Dr Paul Moon ONZM is a professor of history at Auckland University of Technology, where he has taught since 1993.