The Death of Reid Blackburn

Blackburn had a close relationship with the mountain. He hiked and climbed it often so when a series of earthquakes struck the mountain he jumped at the chance to document it. His own newspaper, the Columbian, and also National Geographic and the United States Geological Survey commissioned him. When he came to the mountain he … Continue reading

Reid Blackburn …

Reid Blackburn was born on August 11th, 1952 in Oregon State. He was the son of an engineer and became interested in photography when he was a teenager. He claimed that photography was “like painting only with light.” Blackburn attended Linfield College, where he earned a degree in photojournalism. Blackburn worked a number of freelance … Continue reading

The Eruption of Mt. St. Helens

On May 18th, 1980 around 8:32 a.m., an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale shook the southern part of Washington state. This earthquake triggered the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, an active volcano located about 90 miles south of Seattle, Washington. There had been a number of earthquakes and bulging on the mountain leading … Continue reading

Blackburn Remembered

Blackburn is remembered in many different ways for his valiant efforts of photographing one of the most significant natural events in the 20th century. The National Press Photographers Foundation Inc. grants a scholarship to undergraduate students in journalism. The newspaper that Blackburn worked for at the time also offers an internship for aspiring photographers named … Continue reading

Other Journalists at Mt. St. Helens

There were a number of other important journalists who were on site when Mt. St. Helens exploded. Gary Rosenquist, an amateur photographer at the time was lucky to catch some frames of the gigantic landslide that took Blackburn’s life before he himself, with four friends, fled from the site of the eruption. He was 11 … Continue reading