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“David Maisel: Mining Territories of the Apocalyptic Sublime,” January, 2011. Best, David.

“On May 18, 1980, Mt. St. Helens erupted with apocalyptic power. It’s almost impossible to picture complete devestation on this scale. It was alos impossible for California photographer David Maisel, then a college undergraduate, to resist the temptaion to visit a few years later to survey the uncountable fallen trees, and hear the impossible silence of the post-eruption panoramas. He photographed the aftermath with his mentor, Emmet Gowin, documenting this Dantean scene of destruction.”

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