Exhibition Details


Join {Suite} Ponsonby on 10 May, 6pm to celebrate the launch of Ans Westra: A Life in Photography by Paul Moon, published by Massey University Press.

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.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing at the launch.

To coincide with this event {Suite} Ponsonby is showcasing 35 new prints of black and white Ans Westra images from the early 1960s to the 1980s. Among the new photos are scenes from events at Ngāruawāhia, the Lorneville saleyards, a homework class in Ōrākei and the Rātana Church at Te Kao.


  • Free - All Welcome


  • Fri 10 May


  • 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm


  • 189 Ponsonby Road
  • Ponsonby, Auckland 1011