Pele Dancing” was captured by Katia Krafft during the 1984 eruption of Mauna Loa. Pele is the Hawaiian deity of volcanoes, and this dramatic nighttime photograph shows her exulting in her awesome volcanic power. Maurice and Katia Krafft studied and photographed erupting volcanoes all over the world, witnessing and documenting more active volcanoes than any other investigators. Their popular books, lectures, and videotapes - all done in their exuberant style - greatly increased public awareness of the nature and dangers of volcanic eruptions.
Ironically they were killed by a hot ash flow while photographing an eruption in Japan in 1991. The goal of reducing volcanic risk was the motivation for establishing the Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes (CSAV) in 1989, a joint effort of the University of Hawaiʻi and the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. CSAV provides education in volcano monitoring and risk assessment to students, especially those from developing countries that have many potentially active volcanoes. The Maurice and Katia Krafft Memorial Fund has been established to help foreign students who need financial assistance attend the CSAV training courses. Profits from the “Pele Dancing” poster go to the fund.
18" x 24"
Poster shown in frame. Poster not sold with frame.
Online poster price includes tube.