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The story of a pioneering New Zealand documentary photographer is brought to life on stage.

Aperture is an innovative one-woman play about Ans Westra, NZ Arts Foundation Icon photographer.

Born in the Netherlands in 1936, Westra emigrated to New Zealand in 1957 and began to take photos of her new homeland.

Most recognised for her documentation of Maori culture, Westra created an intimate and uniquely historical documentation of Maori life in the 1960s which led to a successful career capturing the essence of the people of Aotearoa.

Aperture stars and is directed by Martine Baanvinger, who wrote and starred in the award-winning play Solitude

Aperture’s visually stunning and intimate portrait focuses on Westra’s childhood in the Netherlands, her immigration journey to New Zealand and the start of her photography career in the 1960s.

Aperture is at The Gate in, Cromwell, on July 22 and Central Stories, in Alexandra, on July 25.