Katia and Maurice Krafft loved two things, each other and volcanoes. For two decades, the daring French volcanologist couple roamed the planet, chasing eruptions and documenting their discoveries. Ultimately, they lost their lives in a 1991 volcanic explosion, leaving a legacy that forever enriched our knowledge of the natural world. The film Fire of Love follows these two bold explorers as they venture into the the unknown together. This is for all you who fell in love with their story, aching for more of their fiery devotion to each other and their craft.
Katia Krafft was born as Catherine Josephine Conrad in Guebwiller, France on April 17, 1942. She was a volcanologist that was also known for being a pioneer in filming, photographing, and recording volcanoes. She studied geology at the University of Strasbourg, France where she met her husband, Maurice. in 1970 they married and continued to document volcanoes. Katia’s fearlessness and risky observations propelled the world’s understanding of Volcanoes across the globe.
Maurice Paul Krafft was born on March 25 1946 in Mulhouse, France. He became interested in volcanoes during a family holiday to Naples and Stromboli when he was seven years old. He joined the Société géologique de France when he was fifteen years old and went onto study geology as well. Maurice specialized in videography of the volcanoes. Together, traveled the globe from volcano to volcano, ultimately landing in Japan. Tragically, they stood atop the crater at Mount Unzen when a pyroclastic flow ended their lives, but doing what they loved, together atop a volcano.