Announcement from the Maine State Museum:
On Saturday, April 30, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Deanna Bonner-Ganter will give a talk and sign copies of her new book, Kosti Ruohomaa: The Photographer Poet. Bonner-Ganter’s talk, “Kosti Ruohomaa: The Photographer Poet, Close to the Land, Close to the Sea,” begins at 1:00 p.m., followed by the book signing from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Bonner-Ganter will also be available to talk with interested museum visitors about the Maine State Museum’s exhibition, which she curated, “The Passionate Photographer: Kosti Ruohomaa’s Maine in Magazine Photojournalism.” Museum admission will be free of charge all day.
Bonner-Ganter, a former curator at the Maine State Museum, spent over thirty years researching Kosti Ruohomaa’s life and work. Her book, the only biography of Ruohomaa (1913-1961), tells his story from his Finnish-American upbringing in Vermont and Maine to his travels as a frequent contributor to the great pictorial magazines of the mid-twentieth century, Life, National Geographic, and Look. In spite of the worldy focus of much of his work, Ruohomaa’s true passion was the photographic documentation of the lives of Maine people and a way of life that was rapidly fading.
For more information: www.mainestatemuseum.org