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Emmet Gowin

Mount St. Helens, Washington
gelatin silver prin
9 13/16 x 9 3/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the National Endowment for the Arts

The fallen trunks of two uprooted trees form a perfect sight through which to contemplate the devastation caused by the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, only months before this image was made. The cracked, dry earth in the foreground and the steaming cone in the distance create an atmosphere as desolate as a moonscape.