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.