Over six decades, Westra used her camera to document the everyday lives of this country’s people.
She is best known for her candid images of Māori in the 1960s and 70s. Westra aimed to show people ‘as they really were’. Her unobtrusive presence allowed her to capture the intimacy and emotion of ordinary, human moments.
Puta noa i ngā tekau tau e ono, whakamahia atu e Westra tana kāmera ki te kapo i te ao noho a te hunga o tēnei motu.
E tino mōhiotia ana ia mō āna whakaahua motuhenga o te noho a te Māori i ngā tekau tau o 1960 me 1970. Ko tā Westra he whakaatu i te ‘noho tūturu’ a te tangata. Nā tōna ngākau whakaiti i tarekatia e ia te kapo i te noho tahitanga, tae atu ki ngā kare ā-roto a te tangata.