Win Coates

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Win Coates
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Win Coates in India, c. 1985
Born (1960-03-28)March 28, 1960
Long Island, New York
Died February 7, 1990(1990-02-07)
Long Island, New York
Occupation photographer
Photo by Win Coates (self-portrait)

Winslow Shelby Coates III, better known as Win Coates, (March 28, 1960 – February 7, 1990) was an American documentary photographer and a follower of Meher Baba.


Born in Long Island, Win Coates was a photojournalist who worked in the United States, Nicaragua, and India. He devoted much of his short adult life to photographing scenes of India and events in relation with eastern spirituality, most notably Indian master Meher Baba after Meher Baba's death in 1969. Coates took several thousand photographs and recorded hundreds of audio tapes of Meher Baba's intimate mandali all over the world, and also documented Meher Baba's samadhi (tomb) and dhuni, along with surrounding countryside and local villagers. Many of the photographs pertaining to eastern spiritual subjects on Wikipedia were taken by Win Coates. Win also edited the 1987 motion picture documentary, Meher Baba, Avatar of the Age (uncredited).[1]

Photos by Win Coates[edit]