Lisa Powers was born in France,
of French/Italian/American lineage,
and raised in New York and Los Angeles.
She worked as an art director and creative director in 'boutique' agencies in Los Angeles and New York before deciding to quit her job and immerse herself in photography which, in the early 80's, meant learning about film, meter-readings, lighting, developing and printing in a darkroom.
Three years into her photography career, Powers travelled to Japan. In Tokyo, she formed Amnesia Studio, a 'concept-to-completion' agency with designer, Taki Ono, servicing clients in Japan
and the US.
Powers returned to the US and worked
for major clients in advertising, magazine editorials, catalogues, album covers, and movie one-sheet posters.
Powers prefers to work in her studio
where she can have full control of the light
and focus more intimately on the models,
without the inevitable distractions
of shooting outdoors.
Her work has won numerous prestigious awards,
and she was honoured with Distinctions
by the Royal Photographic Society, UK.
In 2005, Powers relocated to New Zealand,
where she currently lives, and works
primarily in FineArts photography
for public spaces and private collections.