Produced by Kate Phillips, Magnum Photos
On this day in 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted. Today Magnum explores volcanoes, active and inert, around the world. JAPAN—Road works and Mount Fuji near Kawaguchiko, 1999. “I stopped at some road works at night and Fuji was visible. I made a four-minute exposure, and the flashing red lights combined with the green fluorescent light of Fujinomiya City reflecting from the clouds was almost hallucinogenic”—Chris Steele-Perkins.
Book of the Week
by Chris Steele-Perkins
The impetus for this three-year project began when Steele - Perkins was offered a gift from his Japanese wife of the famous book by nineteenth-century master printmaker Katsushika Hokusai, "36 Views of Mount Fuji". Struck by the verisimilitude of the prints as historical documents of the life of the peoples around the mountain - woodcutters, fishermen, peasants, aristocrats - as well as the beauty and spiritual aspect of the area, Steele-Perkins began to research further.
Join the Fray
Many times you don't see things, and you go for days without a good picture. That's not the fault of the world—that's a matter of your receptiveness.