Peter Dombrovskis, Cushion plants, Mount Anne, southwest Tasmania 1984, Reproduction courtesy of the National Library of Australia
Peter Dombrovskis (1945 – 1996) was one of the world’s foremost wilderness photographers. His powerful, reflective and deeply personal images of the unique Tasmanian landscapes had a lasting impact, changing the way Australians think about their environment by making remote nature accessible through images. Some of Dombrovskis’s photographs have been instrumental in the conservation of various Tasmanian wild places including the prevention of the damming of the Franklin River.
Peter Dombrovskis was born in Wiesbaden, Germany in 1945 of Latvian parents. He emigrated to Australia in 1950 with his mother Adele and started taking photographs in the 1960s. He was strongly influenced by Lithuanian-Australian pioneer, conservationist and photographer Olegas Truchanas, who became a father figure to him. He was equally influenced by landscape photographers of mid-century America such as Ansel Adams, Edward and Brett Weston and Eliot Porter.
In February 2003, Peter Dombrovskis was inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, now in St Louis Missouri, United States of America. Peter is the first Australian to be accorded this honour, and one of only 58 people to be inducted over the roughly 200 year history of photography.
Presenting a vast sweep of the artist’s images, Dombrovskis: Journeys into the wild was initially developed by the National Library of Australia from their comprehensive collection of Dombrovskis’s work.Download the Festival Program