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Mel Horst, Photographer of the Amish

A native Lancaster Countian, Mel Horst has been photographing the Amish since 1948.

Ever sensitive to Amish reticence about photography, Horst has approached his projects with an eye to recording the Amish as a culture rather than as a tourist curiosity. His fluency in the Pennsylvania Dutch dialect has enabled him to photograph scenes that would not have been possible for an outsider.

Horst began his career as a professional freelance photographer in 1957. Prior to that he worked four years as a photographer for Armstrong World Industries. Drafted into the Army, he spent two years as a military photographer. He then used the GI Bill to attend Albright College in Reading, PA, graduated in 1957 with a degree in history.

In addition to photography, Horst founded Applied Arts Publishers, which has produced a series of 40 pictorial booklets on antiques, folk art, and the Pennsylvania Dutch.

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