Award-winning photographer Jane Ussher is one of New Zealand’s most extraordinary and prodigious artists, producing four beautiful illustrative texts in the last year alone, two of which received Ockham New Zealand Book Awards listings. In the shortlisted Nature Stilled she portrays the wonders of Te Papa’s natural history collection; House of Treasures does similar with the collections of the Canterbury Museum. Alongside Debra Millar, in Homesteads: The Story of New Zealand’s Grand Country Houses, she exposes architectural gems of a bygone age as well as the way of life they have housed; and with Frances Walsh in Ockham longlisted Endless Sea, Auckland’s Maritime Museum treasures are brought into the light. Chief photographer at the New Zealand Listener for 29 years before taking up her freelance career, Ussher is a true master with the lens. She speaks with Simon Wilson about her art and shares some favourite images.

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Last updated: 10 March 2021