Ans Westra Artist Talk

Wed Apr 10th, 2019
Pyramid Club,

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Pyramid Club is very happy to host an artist talk by NZ's best known documentary photographer, Ans Westra.

Ans will present images of her work, talk about documentary photography and what it means to her, and answer questions.

NOTE: There are a limited number of audience places available for this talk. Please reserve your place by following the 'buy tickets' link on this page. Entry on the night is by koha, with a $5 fee to reserve your place now.

Doors open at 7pm. The talk will start at 7:30pm. If you've reserved a place you'll need to be at Pyramid Club by 7:15pm as we will offer any unclaimed places to others at this time.

Ans Westra has photographed many aspects of New Zealand life for almost 60 years. She is responsible for the most comprehensive documentation of Maori culture over half a century of significant political and cultural change. She immigrated to New Zealand in 1957 and began her career in 1962 as a fulltime freelance documentary photographer, working mainly for the Department of Education and Te Ao Hou, a Maori magazine published by the Government.

Ans received a Certificate of Excellence from the New York World’s Fair for The World and Its People in 1964-65. She has received several Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council grants, which have been used to fund the publication of further works focusing on New Zealand and its society. Ans was awarded the Companion of the Order of New Zealand Merit (CNZM) for services to photography in 1998. She received an Arts Foundation Icon Award in 2007.

Born 1936 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Ans Westra lives and works in Wellington, New Zealand.

Photo Credit: Maarten Holl/Fairfax.

Many thanks to Creative NZ for supporting this series.

Ans Westra

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