Before there was a restaurant on the wharf, semi-retired lobsterman Joe Young (owner and operator of the Wharf Gallery and Grill) opened a gallery in his workshop. The goal was to promote and share the life's work of his late aunt and local photographer Louise Z. Young and the collection of photographs she had taken during the 1940s, 50s and 60s in Down East Maine. She crossed paths with many notable artists including photographer Bernice Abbott and painter/poet Marsden Hartley.
Louise Z. Young was born in Corea in April of 1919 and touched many lives with her photography. Louise began her career when she took a position assisting a photographer in Bangor, Maine, at the age of 17. Louise was a distinguished photographer for more than 65 years, until her death in July 2004.
Some of Louise's best work came about as a result of her friendship with the American painter and poet Marsden Hartley, who lived with her parents and painted in Corea from 1940 until his death in September 1943. Afterward, during WWII, Louise worked for the Bachrach Studio where she was in charge of their darkroom. Before setting off on her own, Louise worked with Bernice Abbott, printing some of the most famous and memorable work of French photographer Eugene Atget, the photographer of Paris street scenes, rescued from obscurity by Abbott.
Louise’s work highlights the tranquil life of Down East Maine during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. All of the black and white photography seen on this site are samples of her portfolio which are also on display at Tuft’s University. A true glimpse of a bygone era for sale only at the Corea Wharf Gallery.
All of the photography in the gallery is on sale. Don't forget to sign the guest book!