Deanna Bonner-Ganter: Following the Trail of Kosti Ruohomaa
Curator and author Deanna Bonner-Ganter will give a program about her many years researching the life and work of nationally known photojournalist Kosti Ruohomaa, at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, May 28, in the Community Room of the Rockland Public Library. Following her presentation, Deanna will sign books, and there will be refreshments in the Museum of the Rockland Historical Society.
For the many years that Deanna was the curator of photography, art, and archives at the Maine State Museum, she was researching Ruohomaa’s life and art. In 2016, Down East Books published her book, Kosti Ruohomaa: The Photographer Poet. Now retired, Deanna is volunteering at the Penobscot Marine Museum to help sort, scan, and catalog the huge collection of Kosti’s negatives recently acquired from the Black Star photo agency.
Deanna will talk about both her years of research and her work with Kosti’s negatives today. The historical society has hung the Penobscot Marine Museum’s exhibit of Kosti Ruohomaa’s photographs in the hallway leading to the museum.
Ruohomaa grew up on a blueberry farm on the top of Dodge Mountain. After graduating from Rockland High School and art school in Boston, Kosti worked for Walt Disney, but his real love was photography. He sold his photos to Black Star, and they appeared in Life Magazine, Look, National Geographic, Ladies Home Journal, Saturday Evening Post, Time, and Down East. His photographs capture a kinder, simpler, romantic Maine that was slowly passing into history.