Daniel is a freelance photographer in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He’s been taking images of the Amish and Old Order Mennonites among other subjects for the past several years in Pennsylvania and other states. His images have appeared in published works such as: The Amish of Lancaster County, by Donald Kraybill and Horse-and-Buggy Mennonites by Donald Kraybill and James P. Hurd.
Daniel is an experienced Mountain Biker and enjoys riding around Lancaster County farmland capturing the unexpected moments of life in the Plain Communities.
Daniel’s images appear in . . .
Daniel’s images have also been used by The Associated Press, The Mennonite Weekly Review, Prism Magazine, and other publications.
- The Amish of Lancaster County by Donald B. Kraybill, Stackpole Books, 2009.
- Horse-and-Buggy Mennonites by Donald B. Kraybill and James P. Hurd, Penn State University Press, 2006.
- WGBH/ AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Amish website
- The Amish Way, a promotional video produced by John Wiley and Sons.
About the Amish and Old Order Mennonites
These two groups of Americans still travel by horse and buggy today: the Amish and Old Order Mennonites. They began in Europe in the 1500s at the time of the Protestant Reformation. Mennonites and Amish separated in 1693 before migrating to America in the 1700s. Today many Mennonites pursue higher education, live in urban areas, engage in professions, use up-to-date technology, and wear contemporary dress. But a few of them reject modern ways for older traditions.
About 22,000 Old Order Mennonites live in nine different states. Because both Amish and traditional Mennonites use horse-drawn buggies and speak the Pennsylvania German dialect they are often confused with each other. But the two groups are different: Amish men wear beards, women dress in plain fabrics without patterns or designs. Moreover Amish people do not use tractors in fields, tap electricity from the public grid or hold church services in meetinghouses. In sharp contrast, Old Order Mennonites do all of those things. Additionally around Lancaster, Pennsylvania Mennonite buggies are black and the Amish ones are gray.
The Amish are a much larger group. They number 265,000 and live in 28 states. About two thirds of them live in three states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana. The Amish population doubles about every twenty years. There are forty different Amish subgroups each with their own regulations. The color of buggy tops varies from white, yellow, black, gray and burnt orange. Dress styles and technology also vary from one group to another. The Lancaster Amish are the largest subgroup and it has satellite settlements in Kentucky, Indiana, Wisconsin, and New York. Pennsylvania has about 62,000 Amish people and nearly half of them live in the Lancaster area.