This is a rich collection of images celebrating African American faith communities.Photographer and teacher Mike Levy has spent most of his career in northeastern Ohio. He was given an assignment from the Cleveland Plain Dealer to photograph a small, storefront church in Cleveland, Ohio, called Manna House. Levy, experiencing some difficult life situations at the time, found healing in the church so he continued to attend and to photograph during the services. ""Revelations"" grew from this assignment.""Revelations"" captures the spirit of the African American worship experience through arresting images of congregants' facial expressions and body language, their colorful uniforms and dress, and the solemnity of their worship. The images of baptisms, weddings, funerals, Sunday services, and special celebrations are at once serene and exalting, pensive and inspirational. ""Revelations"" honors not only the spiritual dimension of the African American church but the pride and dignity that prevails within the church-going family.
Michael Stephen Levy was a photographer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer for 16 years. Named Ohio's Photographer of the Year by the Ohio News Photographers Association on five different occasions, most recently in 2005, Levy left the newspaper and started Mike Levy Photography, LLC, where he is currently working. He is the author of Cleveland's Urban Landscape: The Sacred and the Transient (The Kent State University Press, 2003)