Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Leo Beachy: A Legacy Nearly Lost

Winner of the 2008 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Feature
In the early 1900s, school teacher Leo Beachy segued into a life as a photographer, capturing images of people, places and landscapes throughout Western Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. When multiple sclerosis took over his young body, Leo's sister Kate often carried him on her back so that he could take his beloved photographs. When Leo died in 1927, family members, not realizing the value of his glass plate negatives, destroyed them. Click here to view great site! With pictures by Leo Beachy. The museum and people who have persevered Leo's work as a photographer years ahead of his time.