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Run!, Hawaii, 1975

The volcanologist is Robin Holcomb who worked for the Observatory and then went on to a distinguished career at the University of Washington where he was involved with the Mount St. Helens explosion! The tips of his shoes are whitish, as we had to put fiberglass caps over regular boots so that the sharp new lava didn't cut them to shreds. Both of us returned to the scene in Hawaii in 2009 for an hour-long NG Television special called “Lava Hunter”

Location: Mauna Ulu, Hawaii
Photograph Date: 1975
Medium: Chromogenic Print
Edition: 200

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About the Photographer

Robert Madden

As a staff photographer for National Geographic magazine for over 15 years, Bob Madden produced the photographs for more than twenty stories (he wrote some, too), and for several National Geographic books. Travels across all seven continents exposed him to an extraordinary diversity of cultures and customs, from the Yanomamo Indians in the jungles of Venezuela, to street life in Brooklyn, New York, to the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay, the area Bob calls home.
Bob has also been immersed in photography from another perspective: he served as Senior Assistant Editor and Director of Design at the National Geographic magazine and picture editor for National Geographic Kids magazine and National Geographic Books. He designs trade books such as Madagascar A World Out of Time, by Allison Joly and Frans Lanting (Aperture) and Sam Abell A Photographic Life (Rizzoli).

His long list of awards and credits include: Magazine Photographer of the Year (twice); College Photographer of the Year; and design awards from the Society of Publication Designers, The New York Art Directors Club, and Communication Arts.

A Midwesterner, Bob graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a Bachelor of Science (English, history). He studied photojournalism in graduate school at the University of Missouri.

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