‘Peter Dombrovskis was a born Tasmanian. That he was actually born of Latvian parents in Wiesbaden, Germany, and arrived in Australia with his mother when he was three years old, means little; it is not so much where you are born as where you are shaped that counts. Tasmania shaped Peter Dombrovskis. He did what so many local-born people failed to do: he loved his home. Passionately. Peter’s perambulations into the remote Tasmanian wilderness shaped his love for, and affinity with the natural world – and as a consequence, it also helped to shape ours. The photos that he brought back spoke of a magic land: a place of mystery, a landscape largely unknown; with delicate natural gardens and unbelievable trees; of wild rivers and ragged mountains. In a continent largely modified by humans, the island of Tasmania was seen, rightly, as primeval. It still is.’
– Chris Bell, 2014, adapted from an article written for Australian Geographic in 1998
To celebrate the launch of a new book on Peter Dombrovkis, Wild Island is thrilled to showcase the iconic Tasmanian’s photographs in this stunning exhibition. With photographic prints for sale, this is an excellent opportunity to own your own little bit of the wild. The exhibition also coincides with a retrospective of the photographers work at the National Library of Australia from 21 September 2017.