Jane Ussher is well known and respected for her documentary work as a photographer, and is regarded as one of New Zealand’s foremost portrait photographers. For 29 years she was the chief photographer at The New Zealand Listener after which she took up a career as a freelance photographer working with various magazines and producing several books.
In January 2009, at the invitation of Antarctica New Zealand and the Antarctic Heritage Trust, she traveled to the Antarctic and spent over four weeks on the ice photographing the historic huts of Scott and Shackleton. These images have since been published in her book Still Life.
Other published books include the award winning Coast–A New Zealand Journey, Face to Face and Worship: A History of New Zealand Church Design. This year she published a book on New Zealand Islands with writer Bruce Ansley which has been long-listed for 2017 New Zealand book awards.
In 2009 she was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to photography, and was also inducted into the Massey University Hall of Fame.