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Name  Robert Landsburg

Role  photographer
The eruption of Mount St Helens in 1980 as captured by Robert Landsburg before he was killed.

Born  November 13, 1931 (age 48), Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Died  May 18, 1980 (aged 48) near Mount St. Helens, Washington, U.S.

Similar  Harry Randall Truman, David A Johnston, Reid Blackburn

Robert Landsburg


Robert Emerson Landsburg (November 13, 1931 – May 18, 1980) was an American photographer who was killed while photographing the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.

A newspaper story telling about Robert Landsburgs death while capturing The eruption of Mount St Helens in 1980.

Landsburg was born in Seattle, Washington, and lived in Portland, Oregon, at the time of the eruption. In the weeks leading up to the eruption, Landsburg visited the area many times in order to photographically document the changing volcano. On the morning of May 18, he was within a few miles of the summit. When the mountain exploded, Landsburg took photos of the rapidly approaching ash cloud. He then rewound the film back into its case, put his camera in his backpack, and then laid himself on top of the backpack in an attempt to protect its contents. Seventeen days later, Landsburg's body was found buried in the ash with his backpack underneath. The film was developed and has provided geologists with valuable documentation of the historic eruption.

The eruption of Mount St Helens in 1980 as captured by Robert Landsburg before he was killed.

Robert Landsburg smiling while wearing checkered clothing.
A cloud of smoke from the Eruption of Mt. St Helens in 1980.
A newspaper story telling about Robert Landsburgs death while capturing The eruption of Mount St Helens in 1980.

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Robert Landsburg Wikipedia


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