Long-term Grey Lynn resident, photojournalist, musician and AUT lecturer Maggie Gould has photographed influential people and events around the world.

She's toured with Sir Paul McCartney, HRH Queen Elizabeth II, Ray Charles, Nelson Mandela, the Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder and Audrey Hepburn. She's photographed the 1989 riots in Tiananmen Square, the Walled City in Hong Kong and documented the Abyssinian church community in Harlem, New York.

Maggie's photographic exhibition, currently on display at Vinnie's in Jervois Road, was recently on show in Carnaby Street and Kings Road in London.

A professional highlight was working with New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham at the New York Fashion Week last year.

As a vocalist, she works with partner Lance Su'a and Miguel Fuentes as Williamsburg, covering jazz, Latin, soul and pop. Maggie has performed internationally, including a residency in London's Rubens at the Palace Hotel, the BB Blues King Club in Manhattan with Brazilian performer Nanny Assis, and Hotel Danieli in Venice.

She has also featured at various jazz festivals, from Tauranga to Monterey in California.

Williamsburg performs at various Auckland locations, including SkyCity, Tom Tom and Shanghai Lil's, as well as private functions.

In March, Maggie and her daughter Olivia Round are running free photography/video workshop Shooting Back, where young people produce an exhibition of their work. This encourages them to document their own stories through art and learn communication skills. Shooting Back starts at Te Oro in Glen Innes on 5 March - all welcome. Later in the year Maggie and Olivia will hold another workshop in Ponsonby Art Space.

Maggie got into singing at the time that her marriage ended. I was photographing the Dalai Lama, and I was blessed to get marriage breakup advice. “He said, ‘do nothing, don't react, if nothing else it bamboozles the other person. Find something creative that you like that brings joy to your life’. So I started singing professionally. I found singing and studying jazz great for story-telling and meeting wonderful musicians.

“Living in Grey Lynn we enjoy the wonderful service and fine, zingy food flavours at MooChowChow and Chop Chop. I love swimming at Point Chevalier beach and surrounding beaches and sitting under the trees. We love playing at Tom Tom above Victoria Park, manager Tobias always going that extra mile.”

Contact Maggie Gould on M: 027 303 9910,