Ans Westra: Private Journeys/Public Signposts (2006)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 12m

Luit Bieringa’s debut film turns the camera on photographer Ans Westra. Since the 1950s, Westra, a Dutch Emigree, has captured New Zealand life in a series of iconic images. Her work explores New Zealand’s social change, particularly that of Māori as they moved into cities and away from their traditional way of life.

The film explores her life and work in her own words with added commentary from friends, family, fellow photographers and admirers of her work.


Luit Bieringa


Jan Bieringa


John Irwin


John Irwin



Country of Origin

New Zealand

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