Maine in America - Photography

The Farnsworth’s interest in photography as an artistic medium can be traced to its very opening in August 1948 when it showed the work of already renowned American photographer Edward Weston. In the sixty years since, it has built a collection of more than 1500 photographs, mostly from the twentieth century, and many by photographers who have worked or are working in Maine. As was the case for the painters from the mid-nineteenth century onward, Maine’s scenic coasts, rivers, streams, and forests provided attractive subjects for their work, as did the everyday activities of farmers, loggers, and fishermen. The museum’s photography collection includes over sixty works by Berenice Abbot, who recorded life in rural and seacoast Maine as well as views of 1930s New York City.  Over 140 photographs by Kosti Ruohomaa, most of which appeared in LIFE magazine, portray Maine and all of America during the mid-twentieth century. Other holdings include works by documentary photographer and filmmaker Rudy Burkhardt, LIFE photographer and former Vinalhaven resident Elliot Elisofon, and Maine photographers Paul Caponigro, Elliot Porter, Joyce Tenneson, and George Tice. Recent additions to the collection have included photographs by Bob Brooks, Jeffrey Becton, John Paul Caponigro, William Wegman, Scott Peterman, and Chris Pinchbeck.    
Ilya Askinazi,Baxter Park, 2004,Silver gelatin print, 7 1/2 x 9 5/8", museum purchase
Ilya Askinazi, Baxter Park, 2004, silver gelatin print, 7 1/2 x 9 5/8" museum purchase