Photographer’s Library: The World of Olegas Truchanas

Photographer’s Library: The World of Olegas Truchanas

First published 1975 by the Olegeas Truchanas Publication Committee, Hobart

Photographer’s Library: The World of Olegas Truchanas

Olegas Truchanas Lithuanian-born Tasmanian lost his life in the Gordon River Gorge in Tasmania’s South West wilderness on Jan 06, 1972.

For more than 20 years he had waged an unceasing campaign against ignorance, apathy and misunderstanding of the gradual alienation of what now remains one of the world’s largest primaeval regions.

This gifted man was a master – photographer. His epic journey had taken him to remote valleys and mountain ranges. He discovered lakes, tarns and forests where, in many cases, no man had been before.

As a friend and a mentor, he inspired another amazing photographer Peter Dombrovskis. You can read my review of Dombrovskis book here.

The world of Olegas Truchanas book is a book which gathered together Truchanas’ finest works. And its reproduced as a lasting memorial to his name.

The book starts with the editor’s preface and A Memoir by Max Angus and then it is divided into 6 sections:

1.The mountains

This is the first chapter in the colour plates section. The shots are beautifully composed and they are truly describing Tasmania’s South-West. 

2.Lakes and Tarns

In this section, Truchanas presents shots of remote lakes. Many of those are not yet visited by European man.

3.Gordon River 

From the images in this section is clearly visible how much Truchanas loved this river. Truly beautiful pictures.


4.Lake Pedder

This section of the book is dedicated to Lake Pedder. Truchanas fought really hard to save this lake, but all photographs in this section are of the lake which no longer exists. It lies fifty feet beneath the surface of an impoundment of water.


It’s very interesting to see winter pictures from Tasmania. Because Tasmania is an island of micro-climates winter is not the same experience as in Europe. There are places, particularly above 3000 feet, where snow patches remain well into the summer.

6.Endemic Flora

The last chapter consists of photos of Tasmanian flora. 50% of Tasmanian mountain flora is endemic.

To conclude this review  I would recommend this book to every landscape photographer. Go ahead and do your research about Truchanas.

You will find an incredible life story and amazing photographs.

This book has a proud place in my library.

Have you got your favourite landscape photographer? Let me know below in the comment section!

Previous Photographer’s library review is here.


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