Built and fueled by a vanishing coal trade, Levy’s Appalachia is a disappearing culture—that never had much going for it to begin with. Struggling workers, striking miners, impoverished households, and mine-stripped mountainsides fill many of these frames. Yet sprinkled throughout are glimmers of hope, from the twinkling eyes of stoic survivors to the oblivious grins of children at play. This artful series was shot over four decades in the highlands of Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. “With the camera I was able to immerse myself directly into real life itself,” writes Levy, who is also a painter and sculptor. Capturing a way of life on the brink of its end and at the margins of modern society, he has tapped into a wellspring of human spirit.