Born in Berlin, Ursula Pariser studied in London at the Reimann School of Art and Design before embarking on an illustrious career as educator and photographer. Whilst head of photography at the Courtauld Institute of Art, she acted as special art adviser to the Queen.
In 1965, she emigrated to Washington, where she held positions at the National Gallery of Art, the Freer Gallery of Art (Smithsonian) and as the official photographer at Dumbarton Oaks. She contributed photographs to numerous museum and gallery publications, including Sculpture at Chartres and The Dumbarton Oaks Gardens: their History, Design, and Ornaments.
Ursula photographed objects, artefacts and collections for museums and galleries. Her oeuvre reminds us how many photographers are shrouded in anonymity through their work with collections – a vital role in museums and institutions.
After retiring in 1987, she remained in Washington until her death in 2010.