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Peter Dombrovskis: one of the world's foremost wilderness photographers

BY Monash Gallery of Art | 10-Apr-2019
Peter Dombrovskis (1945–96) was one of the world's foremost wilderness photographers. His powerful, reflective and deeply personal images of the unique Tasmanian wilderness had a lasting impact, changing the way Australians think about their environment by making remote nature accessible through images. #peterdombrovskis #journeysintothewild @mga_photography @nationallibraryaus @climarteaus
Venue: Monash Gallery of Art
Address: 860 Ferntree Gully Road Wheelers Hill VIC
Date: 9 March - 12 May 2019
Ticket: Free entry
Web: http://mga.org.au/exhibition/view/exhibition/234
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Peter Dombrovskis - photographer
Peter DOMBROVSKIS
Morning light on Little Horn, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania 1995
courtesy of the National Library of Australia and the Estate of Peter Dombrovskis
Dombrovskis: journeys into the wild draws together a vast sweep of nearly 80 images, shown for the first time in Victoria. The exhibition was initially developed by the National Library of Australia from their comprehensive collection of Dombrovskis’s work.

Through their use in environmental campaigns, Dombrovskis’s images have become shorthand for environmental concerns in Australia. Particularly memorable was the image ‘Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend’ that Bob Brown (later to become Leader of the Greens Party) used in the ‘No Dams’ campaign to save the Franklin River.

Seldom in the history of photography has there been as clear an example of visual culture bearing such political sway and prompting such passion in communities.

‘Dombrovskis’s ability to capture the sublime beauty of the Tasmanian wilderness led to his work becoming synonymous with the Tasmanian Wilderness conservation movement. Dombrovskis once commented “photography is, quite simply, a means of communicating my concern for the beauty of the Earth.” His work was his voice and it powerfully evoked his passion for the environment which inspired the nation to work for its protection. MGA is thrilled to have an opportunity to showcase Dombrovskis’s practice to Victorian audiences, and to inspire a new generation to embrace his unique vision and celebrate his legacy.’ – Anouska Phizacklea, MGA Director

MGA presents this exhibition as part of the CLIMARTE Festival: ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019. ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 is a socially-engaged festival of climate change related arts and ideas featuring curated exhibitions and theatre works alongside a series of keynote lectures, events and public forums featuring local and international guests.