Peter DOMBROVSKIS, King penguins near Sandy Bay, Macquarie Island Enlarge 1 /1


Germany 1945 – Australia 1996

  • Germany 2 March 1945
  • arrived Australia 1950, moved to Hobart, Tasmania 1951
  • died 28 March Western Arthur Range, southwest Tasmania.

King penguins near Sandy Bay, Macquarie Island 1984 prtd 2002 Materials & Technique: photographs, Type C colour photograph

Dimensions: printed image 64.2 h x 51.4 w cm sheet 67.6 h x 54.4 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.397
Image rights: © Liz Dombrovskis

Peter Dombrovskis is best known for his work being used in helping preserve Tasmanian wilderness, most famously the prevention of the damming of the Franklin River in the early 1980s. All his photographs were taken with a large format field camera. Dombrovskis was inspired by the work of major twentieth century American landscape photographers principally Edward and Brett Weston, Ansel Adams and Eliot Porter, the latter two being renowned for their role in the growth of wilderness consciousness.

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