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Kosti Photographs On Exhibit at Penobscot Marine Museum

From Penobscot Marine Museum:

Kosti Comes Home: An Exhibit of Maritime Images
by Maine’s Iconic Photographer Kosti Ruohomaa 

The first exhibit of Kosti Ruohomaa’s photographs since his archive arrived back in Maine last year is set to open on April 3, 2018 at the Camden Free Library. April is Maritime Month and PMM will once again partner with the Camden Free Library and create an exhibit for the Picker Room. This exhibit is much anticipated as Ruohomaa’s work has been locked away in a warehouse in New Jersey for the past 50 years. His photo agency, Black Star, donated his archive of negatives, prints and contact sheets to PMM in the fall. The exhibit will focus on his Maine coastal and maritime work.

During the age of the photo magazine, Kosti was a rock star in the

photography world. His photographs graced the cover of Life Magazine numerous times. Other major magazines such asLook, National Geographic, and Life used his photos regularly. He moved to Dodge Mountain in Rockland at the age of 13, where his family had a blueberry farm. He discovered his love for photography in the 1930s while working as a cartoonist for Disney. During the 1940s and 50s, his career blossomed. While he photographed around the world, Maine was his favorite subject, both the people and land. He died prematurely in 1961 at the age of 47.


There has been much interest about the Kosti collection in the past few months including a feature article in both the Bangor Daily News and the Portland Press Herald. Just last week the 207 News Magazine did a feature on the collection. The exhibit will be on display in Camden through the month of April, and will then return to PMM where it will be on display this summer.

On April 3rd at 7:00 pm there will be an opening reception for the exhibit and an illustrated talk by Kosti’s biographer Deanna Bonner-Gantor.