Some photographers’ willingness to do anything to get the shot came to mind when I saw this 1908 photo. Clearly, the man holding this large camera (imagine running with that in hand!) was determined to capture what is likely a billowing cloud of volcanic ash. Taken long before the benefit of zoom lenses, both the man in the photo and the person who is capturing this scene had to get closer than was likely comfortable. We can only hope he’s further away than he appears to be at first glance!
While the collections include many other photographs of volcanoes erupting and the aftermath, it’s not nearly as common to get a window on what it takes to capture such an image. This 1910 photograph shows a cinematographer filming Mount Etna erupting from a rather steep hillside, while a photographer stands behind him. perhaps waiting his turn.
And finally, Mr. W.A. Hesse is at least filming the Katmai volcano from a relatively safe distance – though I can’t imagine it was easy to reach this location in the mountains of Alaska!
- Explore a variety of images, including photos, posters, drawings, and prints, related to volcanoes in the Prints and Photographs Division.
- View Bain News Service photographs of Mount Etna erupting.
- Take a look at other photographs related to the 1912 volcanic eruptions at Mount Katmai, Alaska.