The next Old Professor’s Bookshop Book Talk will be delivered by Deanna Bonner-Ganter and takes its title from her biography “Kosti Ruohomaa: The Photographer Poet.” The free, public event is set for Saturday, Aug. 27, at 3 p.m. at Old Professor’s Bookshop 99 Main St.

Bonner-Ganter recently retired from being curator of photography, art and archives at the Maine State Museum in Augusta. Acclaimed photographer Kosti Ruohomaa (1913-1961) was a Finnish-American who, with his parents, moved to Rockland from Massachusetts in 1924. After attending schools in Rockland and the School of Practical Art in Boston, he went to work for Disney Studios in California in 1938, having bought his first camera only a year earlier. According to Bonner-Ganter, Ruohomaa excelled at Disney Studios, which encouraged its artists to visualize light, mood and movement.

In 1939, Ruohomaa won a national photography contest and his career took off shortly afterwards. He is widely known for his photos of hardscrabble Yankees in mid-century Maine; and was acutely aware that his work was capturing a way of life that was rapidly fading. Ruohomaa contributed photos to Life, National Geographic, Look and Ladies Home Journal. But his true passion was documenting the lives of the people of Maine.

“Kosti Ruohomaa: The Photographer Poet” from Down East Books is the culmination of 23 years of work and in this talk, Bonner-Ganter makes her subject’s work relevant to an audience that may be unfamiliar with his images. For more information, call 338-2006.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.