Peter Dombrovskis

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Peter Dombrovskis, Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend, National Library of Australia, Canberra

Peter Dombrovskis (2 March 1945[1] – 28 March 1996) was an Australian photographer, known for his Tasmanian scenes. In 2003, he was the only Australian photographer inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame.[2]

Dombrovskis was born in a refugee camp in Wiesbaden, Germany of Latvian parents. The protégé of noted wildlife photographer and activist Olegas Truchanas, his photographs of the Tasmanian Wilderness—particularly in the annual Wilderness Society calendar—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 Dr. Bob Brown a splendid example of his skill in photographing the Gordon River and the Franklin River in his book, 'Wild Rivers' of 1983.

On 28 March 1996, Dombrovskis died of a heart attack while photographing near Mount Hayes in the Western Arthurs mountain range of South West Tasmania.[3]

His works are represented at the National Gallery of Victoria, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the Australian Heritage Commission and in private collections.[4]


  1. ^ National Gallery of Victoria
  2. ^ "International Photography Hall of Fame". International Photography Hall of Fame. 2004. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Angus, Max (22 April 2004). "Tasmanian Yearbook 1998". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Peter Dombrovskis". Australian National Herbarium. 13 November 2007. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 

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