Author(s): Andris Apse
The South Island of New Zealand is unlike any other place on earth, celebrated for its majestic landscapes, picturesque lakes and rivers, and epic mountain ranges. Spirit of the South, a stunning tribute to the mainland, showcases its visual grandeur like never before – all through the extraordinary scenic photography of Andris Apse. Arguably New Zealand's most acclaimed landscape photographer, Apse has honed his craft over an illustrious career spanning more than three decades. Nobody sees the South quite like him. Complemented by essays from Alison Ballance, Anton Oliver, Fiona Farrell and Kennedy Warne, Spirit of the South's photography is drawn from a wide body of Apse's work: his latest shots, his personal favourites and the very best from his expansive archive – much of it previously unpublished. An exquisite, truly collectible piece of publishing.
Andris Apse is one of New Zealand's leading landscape photographers. During a career spanning over thirty years, he has won many major awards, and is acknowledged as one of the finest wilderness photographers in the world. His work has been reproduced in the New York Times, National Geographic, New Zealand Geographic, Time and Newsweek, among many other publications. Apse has also published an array of books, including the phenomenally successful New Zealand Landscapes, which has sold more than 150,000 copies, and, with Russell Beck and Maika Mason, Pounamu: The Jade of New Zealand, which was shortlisted in the Illustrated Non-fiction category of the 2011 New Zealand Post Book Awards. In 2010, Apse was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM). He lives with his wife Lynne at Okarito, on the West Coast of the South Island.