Cinematographer and film director AS was born 29.12.1949 in Riga. Since 1971, worked at the Riga Film Studio. Graduate of the State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) department of cinematography - diploma film Livonian Songs (1977). Already in the years of study, AS showed great interest in the Latvian and other nations' folklore, and made acquaintances with folklore specialists. His debut work as a cinematographer was a newsreel story on Baltic art exhibition in Moscow (Soviet Latvia, No.31/1973). Three newsreels (1977) and the documentary Hallo and Good-bye, Pals! (1978) made Andris Slapiņš' debut in film directing. In 1980, he made the newsreel Sport on the Olympic Movement in Latvia. More than 10
documentaries (directed by Imants Brils, Ansis Epners, Hercs Franks, Andrejs Apsītis a.o.) show Andris Slapins' work as a cinematographer. AS was both director and cinematographer of his films The Latvian Folklore (1983), Krišjānis Barons (1984), The First Days of The Republic of Latvia (1990), director and sriptwriter of The Evening Song (1986), director, scriptwriter and cinematographer of Chukotka. The Shore of Memories (1987), The Field of Hopes (1988, cooproduced with Great Britain), Once in Europe and Letter From Latvia (both 1989), Pērkons-89 (1990). His last films made AS internationally well-known as a director. AS was also a cinematographer at Juris Podnieks Studio, worked on films Crossroads (1990) and End of the Empire (1991). AS was killed during the firing at the barricades in Bastejkalns, 21.01.1991.
Juris Podnieks dedicated his film Post Scriptum (1991) to the memory of Andris Slapiņš and cinematographer Gvido Zvaigzne. AS last film Dreamtime (2005) - a 10 year long etnographic study of shamans in Sibiria - was finished by the Russian film director Lidiya Kutuzova.