Barbara Kramer Gallery

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


This exhibit from the Penobscot Marine Museum is on its sixth stop in the last year!

Prior to the first exhibit of photographs in 2018, 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 of 2017.

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.

In conjunction with this exhibit, Kevin Johnson, Photo Archivist at the PMM will give a talk on Monday October 28th, 7 pm in the Abbott Room of the Library. The Talk, “The Photography of Kosti Ruohomaa” is presented by the Belfast Historical Society.



About the Gallery:

The Barbara Kramer Gallery at the Belfast Free Library, located on the ground floor, was named in memory of Barbara Kramer who was an ardent supporter of the visual arts in the Midcoast area in the 1980s until her death in 1998. When the library was undergoing a significant expansion in the late 1990s, a group of area residents with the encouragement of the Library Board of Trustees raised funds to create this special exhibition space where art and or other materials relating to the history of the library or Belfast can be displayed.