Photography by Lou Garbus of Searsmont is currently being showcased in a “Life’s Work” exhibit at Hope General Store, 449 Camden Road/Route 105. The public is invited to meet the 92-year-old artist during a reception Sunday, Aug. 1 from 3 to 4 p.m.

Portrait photographer Garbus was born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y. His “Life’s Work” began at age 12 when he bought a plastic Japanese camera for 57 cents. It came with film, developing powder and photo paper and it worked so well, it inspired a passion and a career that has lasted his whole life.

Garbus has taught photography at many schools in New York including the Fieldston School, where he worked until moving permanently to Maine seven years ago; and at the Rye, N.Y. Community Center, where he started a photography program. He made a living as a postman until retirement, yet supplemented his life with a portrait photography business; was a school photographer; and, in the early 1930s, was a street photographer in Times Square.

“There is a direct connection between creativity and longevity,” said Garbus.

This show contains a sample of Garbus’ some 80 years of photographing the world and people around him, which he does with grace and the ability to bring out the best in his subjects.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to