vintagepsuphoto desktop
about bill

Bill Coleman is an internationally acclaimed photographer based in Pennsylvania, USA. Coleman's body of work, spanning more than sixty years, has been exhibited at the National Press Gallery in Washington D.C., The Pennsylvania State House, Wolfson College at Oxford University, UK, the B.A.S.F Gallery in Frankfurt Germany and others. Coleman's work has been celebrated and recognized as the foremost photographic documentation of a single Old Order Amish community. In addition, Bill's most recent work of the Amish has been published in three books over the past twenty five years; "Amish Odyssey" in 1987, The Gift to be Simple in 2001 and The Gift of Friendship" in 2008.

Born in Connecticut and raised in New York City, Bill served as an infantryman in WWII and was an American prisoner of war in Nazi Germany. After the war, Coleman majored in English and graduated from Penn State University and went on to Rochester Institute of Technology for graduate work. In 1951 Coleman opened his first photographic portrait studio in State College PA. For more than three decades, Bill crafted and shot his signature portrait sessions with thousands of residents, families, and business leaders in the Pennsylvania region.

Frequent travels abroad over those decades served Bill's keen interest in capturing images of people living their daily lives in their own habitats. Portuguese fisherman, old-school Italian gentlemen cavorting in their piazzas and redundant Welsh slate miners milling about in their villages, also served as Bill's subjects.

In the more recent past four decades the Amish way of life has never ceased to pique Bill's interest. Coleman has left, as his legacy, a stunning decades long photographic document capturing a group of people thriving generation after generation with only the tools and philosophy reminiscent of a bucolic eighteenth century America. His love of the Amish and their relationships with each other and the land nourish Bill's hope that humanity still thrives unencumbered with the distractions of modern day technologies.

Bill with two Amish children
Bill with Henry and David
Videos and Interviews with Bill
video icon Bill Coleman: An Amish Odyssey Part I video icon WHVL Interview with Bill
video icon Bill Coleman: An Amish Odyssey Part II video icon Photos of Bill at work by Nabil K. Mark


follow us on facebook twitter