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January 22, 2014

Photo exhibition features silver gelatin prints

Photographs by Oregon photographer Ron Dobrowski on display through May 21

The University of Oregon School of Law is hosting an exhibition of photographs by Ron Dobrowski in its second floor gallery through May 21, 2014. A public reception will be held for Dobrowski from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, in the law school's gallery.

Dobrowski's exhibit, titled "Landscapes, Urban Details & Abstracts – Silver Gelatin Prints," features 26 black and white photographs from locations across the United States, including the Willamette Valley and Oregon Coast. The exhibit explores Dobrowski's passion for photographing objects and scenes possessing an inherently graphic nature. From dramatic images of beach rocks in Bandon, Ore., to papaya trees in Hawaii, Dobrowski's collection of photos captures the intrinsic beauty of his diverse subjects in striking detail. Dobrowski has been taking photos for nearly 35 years. 

The Oregon photographer is well known for his traditional photography style; Dobrowski still uses the same black and white darkroom printing process he learned while studying photography at Montana State University. Each silver gelatin print featured in the exhibit was taken using medium format film cameras, and then hand-developed by Dobrowski from the original negatives. He believes this method imbues his photos with a kind of magic quality more modern techniques cannot produce.

Having grown up in rural Eastern Montana, Dobrowski says his love of photography began after enrolling in photography classes in college. "It was there that I first aimed a camera at the sometimes stark landscapes and buildings as well as some of the interesting faces in and around my hometown of Wibaux," said Dobrowski.

Dobrowski earned a bachelor's degree in still photography from Montana State University, and has gone on to a successful career as a professional photographer. His work includes commercial photography, retail photo sales and photo class instruction. However, throughout his long career, Dobrowski's true passion has always been his personal, fine art photography. His photos have appeared in numerous galleries, exhibits and festivals and featured in various print publications. Click here to see more of Dobrowski's work.

"Landscapes, Urban Details & Abstracts – Silver Gelatin Prints" is free and open to the public. For more information about the exhibit, contact Dom Vetri at dvetri@uoregon.edu.

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