ROCKPORT — Kosti Ruohomaa (1913-1961) was a Finnish-American artist and photographer, who lived and worked much of his life, from high school until his death, mostly in Rockland.
As an animator, he worked for many years at the Disney Company. Eventually Kosti devoted himself, from the 1940s onward, almost entirely to photography. Under contract with the Black Star Agency, he reported for LIFE, the National Geographic and many other national publications. His most passionate mission was documenting the people and landscapes of Maine, in all their varied seasons and moods.
Throughout the 1950s, Kosti’s photographs introduced Maine to the rest of the nation.
Deanna Bonner-Ganter will present a selection of Kosti’s Maine photographs, Friday, July 26, at 5:30 p.m., at Barnswallow Book Shop, in Rockport.
Bonner-Ganter, a retired curator of the Maine State Museum, presently volunteers at the Penobscot Marine Museum, where Kosti’s prints and negatives are being preserved. She has researched Kosti and his work for several decades and has written the authoritative biography KOSTI Ruohomaa: The Photographer Poet.
The talk is free and open to the public.