Renowned photographer Builder Levy first came to the coal fields of Appalachia in 1968. Struck by what he saw, Levy would return many times over the next 40 years to document life here. His stunning black and white photography is the subject of a new exhibit at Shepherd University (on display until April 29) and the book, “Appalachia USA: Photographs“. He shared a handful of images with us.

The Church Family, Thacker Mines, Mingo County in 1970:

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Builder Levy

Old Preparation Plant, near Welch, McDowell County in 1971:

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Builder Levy

Prepare to Meet God, Williamson, Mingo County in 1971:

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Builder Levy

Charlie Blevin’s Red Robin Inn in Borderland, Mingo County, 1971:

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Builder Levy

Oglesby Bedroom, Stotesbury, Raleigh County, 1982:

Builder Levy

Builder Levy

Janet Martin, Doubletake Mine, Big Creek, McDowell County in 2002:

Builder Levy

Builder Levy

Brushy Fork Coal Refuse Impoundment, Raleigh County in 2004:

Builder Levy

Builder Levy

A valley fill from a mountain top removal mine in southern West Virginia, 2004:

Builder Levy

Builder Levy

You can see even more of Levy’s work at Shepherd University until April 29!

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