2 March 1945|
|Died||28 March 1996
South West Tasmania, Australia
|Cause of death||Myocardial infarction|
|Known for||Wilderness photography|
|Notable work||Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend, Franklin River|
Peter Dombrovskis (2 March 1945 – 28 March 1996) was an Australian photographer, known for his Tasmanian scenes. In 2003 he was posthumously inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame, the first Australian photographer to reach this milestone.
Dombrovskis was born in 1945 in a refugee camp in Wiesbaden, Germany of Latvian parents; together with his mother, migrated to Australia in 1950, and settled in Fern Tree, a suburb of Hobart. The protégé of noted wildlife photographer and activist Olegas Truchanas, his photographs of the Tasmanian Wilderness—particularly his own annual Tasmanian Wilderness Calendar and the Wilderness Calendar produced by the Tasmanian Wilderness Society—brought images of once remote and inaccessible areas of the State into the public realm. Dombrovskis founded West Wind Press in 1977 and later went on to print calendars entirely of his own work featuring incisive commentary from pre-eminent environmental professionals.
His most famous photograph was Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend, Franklin River, which some commentators believe played a part in the victory for Bob Hawke in the 1983 federal election. The photograph portrayed a section of the Franklin River which was to be submerged by the proposed Franklin Dam and spearheaded the visual appeal of the Franklin River in the contentious 'No Dams' campaign of 1982. Dombrovskis later co-authored with Bob Brown an example of his skill in photographing the Gordon River and the Franklin River in his 1983 book, Wild Rivers.
His works are represented at the National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), the National Gallery of Victoria, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the Australian Heritage Commission and in private collections.
- "Peter Dombrovskis". Collection Online. National Gallery of Victoria. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
- "Peter Dombrovskis". Hall of Fame Inductees. International Photography Hall of Fame. 2004. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
- "Dombrovskis, Peter (1945 - 1996)". Biographical Notes. Australian National Herbarium. 24 March 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
- Dombrovskis, Peter; Brown, Bob (1983). Wild rivers. P. Dombrovskis. ISBN 978-0-670-82645-2.
- Angus, Max (22 April 2004). "Tasmanian Yearbook 1998". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
- Bonyhady, Tim; Thompson, Peter; Tatnall, David (4 November 2007). "The Terry Lane Interviews - That Photograph". Big Ideas (Interview). Interview with Paul Barclay. Australia: Radio National.
- Dombrovskis collection of Tasmanian wilderness photographs, 1978-1995, National Library of Australia, Canberra, a collection of 21 colour photographs
- Gallery of photos by Truchanas and Dombrovskis
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