Photographer’s Library: Journeys Into the Wild by Peter Dombrovskis

Photographer’s Library: Journeys Into the Wild

The Photography by Peter Dombrovskis, Published by the National Library of Australia 2017

I have plenty of photographic books in my library. I thought, I probably know every world-renowned landscape photographer past and present. One day, I was listening to the podcast with Joe Cornish and he mentioned his two favourite photographers: Paul Wakefield and Peter Dombrovskis. OK, I have heard about Paul Wakefield and already have a book where he contributed his photos to. But Dombrovskis? No, never heard of him.

So, I started my research. Who is Peter Dombrovskis?

Peter Dombrovskis (1945-1996)

emigrated to Australia in 1950 with his Latvian-born mother. He began to pursue photography in 1972 after the death of his mentor Olegas Truchanas.

He had taken one of the most famous photographs in Australian history: Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend, Franklin river. This image has an inherently unreal quality about it as if it were a part of surreal fantasy land. Photograph inspires the viewer with a sense of wonder and awe. It’s one of the reasons why it played such a powerful role in preserving the Franklin River. Dombrovskis’s practice focused on documenting remote areas of the Tasmanian landscape.

Dombrovskis died of a heart attack while photographing near Mount Hayes in the Western Arthurs mountain range of South West Tasmania on 28 March 1996. He was inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame in 2003 as the first Australian.

In this paragraph, let’s have a look at the book.

Photographer’s Library: Journeys Into the Wild 

Firstly, Journeys Into the Wild is a book carefully put together by Bob Brown. He also wrote the introduction and commentary. The book contains 143 photographs by Peter Dombrovskis.

Secondly, this book is amazing. Dombrovskis’s work is phenomenal. I was really taken away by his pictures. Truly an amazing photographer.

Thirdly, the quality of the print is great. Throughout the book, short texts are supporting the pictures. I love it.

It’s not easy to pick my favourite picture from the book. There are so many to choose from.

To name a few: Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend, Franklin River on page 3, Leaf Skeleton at Mount Mulu page 23, Morning Light on LittleHorn page 95, Pencil Pine  At Pool of Siloam page 169.

Seriously it’s hard to pick 🙂

Book has a full list of all photographs with the details and also one cool feature. You can see all full images online when you enter information into your browser. All shots are part of National Library of Australia collection. 


Take my advice, get the book and you will not be disappointed. Similarly like my other reviews, I would recommend this book to every landscape photographer out there.

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