Amy Toensing@amytoensing

@NatGeo photographer, Artist, Educator

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Amy Toensing

Photo by William Albert Allard - for his bi-annual flash sale is offering these two images signed 6” x 9” image on a 9” x 11” paper at $100 until October 28th. Go to @williamalbertallard and click on the link in his profile for details.

Here’s his story about the first image titled: Amish Boy with Guinea Pig

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania 1964

This gentle portrait of an Amish boy holding his pet guinea pig started my career as a professional photographer and my 50 years as a contributor to National Geographic Magazine.

In the spring of 1964, I was blessed with getting a photographic internship at National Geographic in Washington D.C. after showing my portfolio of work to Robert E. Gilka, the legendary director of photography at National Geographic. As my first assignment as an intern, Gilka sent me to Lancaster County, PA to cover a Pennsylvania Dutch festival. "Try to get some pictures of the Amish, if you can," he told me. It seemed the magazine had a finished manuscript about the Amish but had no pictures. He didn't tell he'd earlier sent a staff photographer to Pennsylvania who'd come back with nothing. Although I photographed the festival events my success with the Amish came through driving the country roads, introducing myself to Amish farmers, many of whom turned me down but eventually finding one who allowed me to photograph his family and their way of life. My first assignment which was to have been for a weekend or perhaps a week, lasted through much of the summer and into the fall of 1964. On an overcast afternoon, after photographing an Amish farmer working in his fields I was brought to the barn by his son so he could show me his pet guinea pig. My portrait of the boy and his pet became the lead picture in my essay on the Amish of Lancaster county published in the August, 1965 issue, a story which has been credited as the beginning of a new, more intimate look at people in the National Geographic Magazine.

William Albert Allard


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Days of rain, Phillips County, Montana #gumbomud


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Snake skin on the prairie. Montana. On assignment for @natgeo


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Back in Malta, Montana for @natgeo. Happy the Great Northern hotel has a room on a cold rainy night. #maltamontana


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The backdoor in and out. #littlefeet


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Hays Powwow :: Mission Canyon, Montana. #lemonaidforsale


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You forgot these guys in electric @chamiltonjames #hardwarehank #maltamontana


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Dodson, Montana :: Indian Relay at the 103rd Phillips County Fair. On assignment for @natgeo #indianrelay


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Dodson, Montana :: 103rd Phillips County Fair. On assignment for @natgeo #4H


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Montana:: Building a chicken coop. #familylove #fortbelknapreservation


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