Sam Walters was born and raised on the North Wales coast in the UK. She pursued and learnt the craft of photography as an assistant and studio manager to American photographer Robert Golden, who ran one of the busiest studios for advertising and editorial photography in London. Following a natural progression from this, Sam moved into film, producing TV commercials, short films and documentaries for the UK and Europe.
In the mid-nineties, Sam moved to New Zealand where, alongside film production work, she continued to pursue her photography before enrolling in a formal study of the arts at AUT University, where she gained a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2002. After graduating she went on to tutor sculpture and photography for MIT on their Dip. Visual in Arts course at Rutherford.
Sam’s work has been a finalist in the Waikato National Contemporary Art awards and she frequently exhibits at galleries around Auckland.