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This is one of Peter Dombrovskis’s most well
known photographs. It became famous in the early 1980s when it was used as part of the campaign against the proposed damming of the Franklin River. The photograph shows a part of the river that would have been submerged by the proposed dam and the image is credited with playing a large role in preventing the dam’s construction. Dombrovskis’s practice focused on documenting remote areas of the Tasmanian landscape and like other works by Dombrovskis, this image has an inherently unreal quality about it, as if it were a part of a surreal fantasy land. This inspires the viewer with a sense of wonder and awe and is one of the reasons it played such a powerful role in preserving the Franklin River.
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