(Photo courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum)
(Photo courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum)
Rockland Historical Society and Rockland Public Library will cosponsor “Kosti Comes Home,” an exhibit of 30 photographs by photojournalist Kosti Ruohomaa (pictured). The exhibit will be displayed on the lower level of the library through July. Ruohomaa grew up in Rockland. His parents owned a large blueberry farm on the top of Dodge Mountain. After graduating from Rockland High School, he attended art school in Boston and then went to work for Walt Disney, helping to animate “Fantasia” and “Pinocchio.” But he had fallen in love with photography, and his favorite subject was the old-fashioned life of Maine that was slowly disappearing. He began selling photographs through Black Star, a photograph agency that sold his images to Life Magazine, Look, National Geographic, Time, The Saturday Evening Post, Down East and other publications, and to various government agencies. The exhibit is on loan from Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, which recently acquired thousands of Ruohomaa’s negatives from the Black Star Photo Agency. The exhibit icludes photographs of fishermen and lobstermen, town meetings, and Andrew Wyeth painting in an old deserted farmhouse.