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Peter Dombrovskis
, 1996

by Liz Dombrovskis

duo-tone print on photographic paper (sheet: 62.1 cm x 52.5 cm, image: 33.9 cm x 30.4 cm)

Peter Dombrovskis (1945-1996), photographer, was born of Latvian parents in a refugee camp in Wiesbaden at the end of World War 2. He immigrated to Australia at the age of five, and started taking photographs encouraged by his widowed mother, a keen hiker. Strongly guided as a teenager by Olegas Truchanas, credited as his 'mentor', he published his first calendar of Tasmanian wilderness photographs in 1977. A photograph he took in 1979, Rock Island Bend, was massively reproduced and circulated as the signature image in the Australia-wide NO DAMS campaign, which culminated in 1983 with the High Court's ruling that the Commonwealth Government was entitled to prevent construction of the dam. His photographs, widely published in the form of calendars, books, posters and other merchandise, have contributed profoundly to notions of the pristine environmental character of Southwest Tasmania. Dombrovskis died while photographing in the Western Arthur Range in southwest Tasmania.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Purchased 2005
Accession number: 2005.65