Ans Westra, Artist

This is one of the photographs in our collection. It was made in Pipiriki, Whanganui Region, New Zealand in 1962.
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About the Work
In my view, this photograph is a beautiful Ans Westra image. I love the manner in which she has captured the child’s expression - there’s a mix of pride, of feeling special and yet a certain shyness permeates. Having the Whanganui Awa in the background adds to the story, as does the title of the work. Ans has visited the bookshop on occasions, and during one visit captured an unassuming (though beautiful) image of a child reading in the shop armchair. Ans is a treasure and I will always love her work.
Lesley Stead of Paige’s Book Gallery for the Oct 2019 instalment of the My Choice exhibition series.

After arriving in the country from her native Holland, Westra made her first trip up the Whanganui River in 1960 and began an engagement with the people of the region that continues to this day.
288 x 286mm
gelatin silver print
Black and white photograph of a young Maori girl on horseback with the Whanganui River in the background
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Gift of the artist, 1996.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
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