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Gadgets: Wildfire Photographs Are Constant Reminders of Chaos

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An upcoming exhibit at the California Museum of Photography showcases the unpredictability of the state’s reliable disasters. 


  • Gadgets: Noah Berger's images of California wildfires earned him a 2019 Pulitzer Prize nomination. Here he captures fellow...
  • Gadgets: Norma I. Quintana's home was destroyed on October 8 2017 by the Atlas Peak Fire. In the aftermath she sifted through the...
  • Gadgets: Fire advances on a hilltop near an aquamarine pool in this image Kevin Cooley captured during the Woolsey Fire in 2018.nbsp

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Courtesy of Noah Berger/AP

Noah Berger’s images of California wildfires earned him a 2019 Pulitzer Prize nomination. Here he captures fellow photographer Justin Sullivan shooting the Camp Fire in Butte County in 2018. The deadliest wildfire in California history, it claimed 85 lives and destroyed more than 18,000 buildings. 


Douglas McCulloh was in San Diego for an art exhibit earlier this month when his phone erupted with texts about a wildfire back home in Los Angeles. It broke out that morning in the neighborhood of Riverside, amid the dry brush lining the Santa Ana River. By night, changing winds had pushed it just 1,000 feet from his home, a 1920s Spanish-style house he’s shared with his wife for two decades.

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