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.




  • Keith Eggener
  • Sandy Isenstadt
  • Belmont Freeman

Shannon Mattern

Shannon Mattern is a columnist for Places. She is Associate Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York.

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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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Sandy Isenstadt

Sandy Isenstadt is a columnist for Places. He is a professor and Director of the Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware, specializing in the history of modern architecture.

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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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