Award-Winning Photographer Mitch Dobrowner Brings Life to Landscapes, Storms and Urban Environments in New Exhibit, ‘Vital Firmament’

February 4, 2013 by University of La Verne

Mitch Dobrowner, award-winning photographer, is presenting a collection of his photographs in “Vital Firmament” at the University of La Verne.

Dobrowner, whose photographs have been published in National Geographic, The Los Angeles Times and The Economist, among other publications, is inspired by photographers such as Ansel Adams. He has also worked on a new book, “Storms,” which will be published by Aperture in Fall 2013.

“I feel I owe much to the great photographers of the past, especially Ansel Adams, for their dedication to the craft and for inspiring me in my late teens,” Dobrowner said. “Though I have never met them, their inspiration helped me determine the course my life would take.”

“Vital Firmament,” which captures landscapes, storms and urban environments in a way that portrays the life and action in each image, will run Feb. 4 through April 5. A gallery reception will be held Thursday, February 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.

“Whenever I photograph, things are quiet, seem simple again – and I obtain a respect and reverence for the world that is hard to communicate through words,” Dobrowner said.

After leaving his home in New Jersey and quitting his job at the age of 21, Dobrowner headed for the American Southwest, where he met his wife in California. He spent years creating a design studio and raising three children, and his photography took a back seat. But in early 2005, he picked up his camera and began taking photographs again.

“Today I see myself on a passionate mission to make up for years of lost time – creating images that help evoke how I see our wonderful planet,” Dobrowner said.

When: Thursday, February 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. (gallery reception). Exhibit runs Feb. 4 through April 5.

Where: University of La Verne, 1950 Third Street, La Verne, Calif. Irene Carlson Gallery Hours: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Daily.

Contacts: Gary Colby, Professor of Photography, University of La Verne, (909) 593-3511 ext. 4281,

Alisha Rosas, Interim Director of Public Relations, University of La Verne, (909) 593-3511, ext. 4708,

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