May 18, 2020

Buzzy Sullivan’s Photography Documents Mount St. Helens 40 Years Later

Do you remember where you were on May 23, 1980? Today, Monday, May 23 is the 40th anniversary of the most destructive volcanic eruption in U.S. history—Mount St. Helens in Washington state.

Buzzy Sullivan, Volcanic Bomb and Dust from Landslide, Approximately One Mile North of the Lava Dome, 2017, pigment print.

In Scottsdale Public Art’s newest online exhibition, Mount St. Helens: Catastrophe and Renewal, 40 Years On, photographer Buzzy Sullivan presents a series of photographs documenting the destruction, rebirth, and growth of Mount St. Helens.

Buzzy Sullivan, Alder Thicket on the Pumice Plain, Approximately One Mile North of Mount St. Helens, 2017; pigment print.

In this especially poignant moment in human history, Sullivan’s photographs documenting the destruction and renewal of the Mount St. Helens landscape in Washington state remind us of the tenacity of nature. Sullivan is a landscape photographer who has been given yearly, exclusive summertime access to Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument to document its recovery from the 1980 eruption. In his photographs, he reflects on the significance of recovering from catastrophe in the Pacific Northwest—both at Mount St. Helens and in his own life.

Check out the online exhibition:

Mount St. Helens: Catastrophe and Renewal, 40 Years On | Photography by Buzzy Sullivan

Originally scheduled for exhibition at Appaloosa Public Gallery from May 23 to July 31, 2020, the physical exhibition of this work is restricted due to COVID-19-related closures of Scottsdale public libraries.

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