Author(s): Andris Apse
It was because of Fiordland that Andris Apse became a photographer. Back in the 1960s, when he was 21 years old he first tramped through the Stuart Mountains and 'discovered' Fiordland. Andris was overwhelmed by the majestic scenery but was also frustrated by his inability to communicate his wonder at the place. So he learned to take photographs, and Fiordland quickly became his great photographic passion. And now, aged 72, with 50 years of professional photography behind him, and over 500 nights spent living in the most remote parts of this majestic wilderness, Andris has completed a full circle. Fiordland is a master-work, a remarkable collection of photographs, that in stunning style, pays homage to the place of his early and greatest inspiration.
Andris Apse was born in Latvia in 1942 and emigrated to New Zealand with his mother at the age of six. He started his career as a woodsman with the New Zealand Forest Service but left that to purchase a commercial photographic studio in Rangiora in 1969. By the 1980s he was completely devoted to landscape photography and developing what has become one of this country's finest photographic libraries of landscape images. Andris is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers, has been the recipient of many New Zealand and international awards, and has a commercial portfolio that includes the New York Times, Time magazine, National Geographic, Newsweek and many more. He has also had over 20 books of his work published. Andris lives with his partner Lynne in the shadow of the Southern Alps at Okarito, on the West Coast of the South Island. In 2010 Andris received the Insignia of a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to photography.