Pedder Dreaming: Olegas Truchanas and a lost Tasmanian wilderness - Art Collector

11 July 2011 | Olegas Truchanas, one of the world’s most influential wilderness photographers, is the focus of the new book Pedder Dreaming: Olegas Truchanas and a lost Tasmanian Wilderness.

Tasmanian watercolour painter Max Angus states in the foreword to
Pedder Dreaming: “It is now admitted that the flooding was a huge mistake, and would not happen today”. Angus is referring to the flooding of Lake Pedder in Tasmania in 1972, an event that Truchanas and a small group of Tasmanian landscape artists known as the Sunday Group campaigned, unsuccessfully, to save.

The richly illustrated title is part art book and part social documentary – the fight to save Lake Pedder was Australia’s first globally noticed environmental battle, and later produced the world’s first greens party.

Truchanas, who was born in Lithuania and emigrated to Tasmania in 1923, photographed Tasmania’s remote south-west wilderness from the 1950s onwards, frequently traveling solo and risking his life to do so. He died shortly after the Pedder Lake was flooded, drowning on a trip to photograph one of Tasmania’s wildest rivers.


Pedder Dreaming: Olegas Truchanas and a lost Tasmanian wilderness by Natasha Cica is published by the University of Queensland Press (256 pages, hardback).

Cassie Newman


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