Historical maritime images from Ruohomaa at Kramer Gallery

Nov 07, 2019
Photo by: Kosti R. Ruohomaa collection, Penobscot Marine Museum. "Fisherman Poses with His Catch, Cushing, Maine" by Kosti Rouhomaa.

Belfast — "Kosti Comes Home: An Exhibit of Maritime Images" by Maine’s iconic photographer Kosti Ruohomaa is on display in the Kramer Gallery of the Belfast Free Library, 106 High St. The exhibit, on loan from the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, will be shown through December 2019.

Prior to the first exhibit of photographs in 2018, Ruohomaa’s work had 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 of 2017. The exhibit at the Belfast Free Library marks the sixth time "Kosti Comes Home" has been shown in Maine since 2018.

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 as Look, 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.

The Penobscot Marine Museum is currently working to digitize and catalog the Ruohomaa collection. The museum has more than 100,000 images from their various collections that can be viewed in their online database at PenobscotMarineMuseum.org.

The Kramer Gallery, located on the ground floor of the Belfast Free Library, is open during library hours. Visit belfastlibrary.org or call 338-3884 for more information.





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