Author(s): Andris Apse
There is no other photographer in this country who has so convincingly captured the huge sweeping grandeur of the New Zealand landscape than Andris Apse. He was the first to realise the potential and then master the use of panoramic photography in this country. Famous for his determination and patience, he has spent decades travelling all over New Zealand gathering his carefully crafted images, often returning time and again to the same spot until the perfect combination of weather and light has yielded the photograph he wants. Over the last 35 years Andris Apse has created an extraordinary body of work, whose scale, use of light and powerful mood has created a truly unique portrait of New Zealand. In Light Landscape, the best of his New Zealand photography is masterfully presented in a superb, large-format book, reissued here without the original slipcase to enable a significant reduction in the retail price, making this edition accessible to a wide audience. The images range all over New Zealand and include both remote wilderness and the developed rural landscapes of New Zealand. This is a truly spectacular book from our pre-eminent panoramic landscape photographer.
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. He 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 272 x 382 mm, 152 pp, hardback PLC with Insignia of a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to photography.