Mitch Dobrowner derives his inspiration from the natural world, and from the masters of landscape photography who have captured it before him, in particular Ansel Adams and Minor White. Dobrowner began his quest of capturing the American West in 2005, and since then, storms have become one of his main subjects.
He was born in 1956 Long Island, Bethpage (NY) where he spent his formative years and during those years he felt as a lost teenager. Worried about his future and direction his life will take, his father decided to give him an old Argus rangefinder to fool around with. Little did he realize what an important gesture that would turn out to be for Mitch. After doing some research and seeing the images of Minor White and Ansel Adams he quickly became addicted to photography. Years later, in early 2005, inspired by his wife, children and friends – he again picked up his camera.
Working with professional storm chaser Roger Hill, Dobrowner has traveled throughout Western and Midwestern America to capture nature in its full fury, making extraordinary images of monsoons, tornados, and massive thunderstorms with the highest standard of craftsmanship. Dobrowner’s storm series has attracted considerable media interest (National Geographic, Time, New York Times Magazine, among others) and is presented in Storms as a deluxe, large-format, yet affordable edition. The book features an introduction by novelist and poet Gretel Ehrlich that focuses on the phenomenon of storms and on the landscape tradition of the American West.
He lives with his family in Studio City California.