From the messy desk of Paul Levine...
On an October morning in 1985, the great photographer Bill Coleman snapped this shot on the Penn State campus. Yeah, that's me (PSU Class of 1969) and son Mike, then four, who would become Class of 2003. The photo will not go down in history as anything special...although I treasure it.
While Bill took many family portraits over the decades, he will be remembered for documenting the life of an Amish village in central Pennsylvania, a place that welcomed him, as it had not welcomed other outsiders.
Oh, I have so many favorites. There's this iconic shot of three barefoot Amish girls skipping along a dirt road.
The village in the snow.
Perhaps his single most famous image, "Fall Splendor."
I think Bill loved Autumn more than any other season. His photo of the hills ablaze with colors (and cows in the foreground) reminds me so much of my early years in central Pennsylvania.
website. Rest in peace, Bill Coleman, and thank you.