SEARSPORT — Penobscot Marine Museum’s 2022 exhibit “Kosti Ruohomaa: The Maine Assignments” showcases photographer Kosti Ruohomaa’s works featuring Maine scenes. The exhibit opens May 27 and runs through Oct. 16.

Ruohomaa was a prominent mid-20th-century photojournalist who grew up in Rockland. He was a first-generation Finnish American immigrant and a gifted artist who died young. Though his professional work spanned just over two decades, he documented a critical time in American culture by photographing around the WWII years. During his career, his photos found their way into some of the era’s more visible publications, notably Life, Look and National Geographic. The affinity he felt with people and places shows in his photographs, and it helped him capture the varied folkways of an America that was changing rapidly, particularly the fading world of rural old New England.

With a focus on his Maine-based photographic assignments, “Kosti Ruohomaa: The Maine Assignments” explores the ways that Mainers lived, celebrated, made their livings, recreated and communicated. While many of Ruohomaa’s most iconic images stand on their own, he approached his assignments with a photo essay in mind — telling the story through a series of photographs. This exhibit embraces that approach and presents his assignments through the eye of a magazine editor. It allows a deeper look at Ruohomaa’s work and technique and helps viewers gain more insight into the man and his photographs.

“Kosti Ruohomaa: The Maine Assignments” has been funded in part by generous support from lead sponsor L.L. Bean and by Camden National Wealth Management and Allen Insurance and Financial.

Penobscot Marine Museum brings Maine’s maritime history to life on a campus of historic buildings in the seacoast village of Searsport. Exhibits throughout the campus tell stories of ship captains and their families, the industries of Penobscot Bay, global maritime trade, and today’s fisheries. In addition to exhibits, Penobscot Marine Museum has more than 300,000 historic photographs, an extensive collection of maritime artifacts and archives, and a maritime history research library. Visit penobscotmarinemuseum.org to learn more.