After the Worst Happens

The landscape photographer Frank Gohlke visited Mount St. Helens four times in the decade after the volcano erupted, and he produced an almost perfect vision of the apocalyptic sublime. Since then, scientists have been documenting ecological succession on the mountain, which has yielded surprising insights. These new photographs capture the land’s extraordinary response to disaster.

New photographs of Mount St. Helens, alongside classic views by Frank Gohlke, show the land’s extraordinary response after the 1980 eruption.




  • Belmont Freeman
  • Simon Sadler
  • Keith Eggener

Belmont Freeman

Belmont Freeman is a columnist for Places. He is principal of Belmont Freeman Architects, an award-winning design firm in New York City.

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Gabrielle Esperdy

Gabrielle Esperdy is a columnist for Places. She is associate professor of architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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Simon Sadler

Simon Sadler is a columnist for Places. He teaches the history and theory of architecture, design, and urbanism across several programs at the University of California, Davis, where he is a professor in the Department of Design.

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Keith Eggener

Keith Eggener is a columnist for Places. He is Marion Dean Ross Professor of Architectural History at the University of Oregon.

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