“Valley View Farm” by B. Tony King Submitted photo

The Woman’s Hospital Association Rotating Art Gallery at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston is honored to display the work of acclaimed photographer Tony King.

Born in Canada and holding dual citizenship for Canada and the United States, King was educated at Hamilton College in New York with a degree in International Relations and French Literature, spending his junior year at the Sorbonne in Paris. At age eleven, with his brownie camera given to him by his mother, King began developing his powers of observation, a passion that he pursued for his entire life. With unquenchable enthusiasm, he sought to share his love of the natural world by photographing and writing extensively about the world around him.

Nature lovers may recognize his work as his photographs have often been featured in numerous publications. In 1975 he collaborated with nationally known nature writer, Hal Borland, on the Sierra Club publication, “A Place to Begin.” In 1996, “Versed in Country Things” was published which brought together twenty of Robert Frost’s best loved verses highlighted with King’s photographs. More recently, in 2007, “The Oak Behind the House” was published which was described in the introduction by David Acton as “the quintessential book for King. It represents a cherished natural place, and the human station in the greater world. Though its subject may be an insentient being, a personality emerges, so intensely observed that the suite can be characterized as portraiture”.

His photographs are included in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Fogg Museum at Harvard, the Cleveland Museum of Art as well as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The works on display may be purchased through the WHA Gift Shop located adjacent to the main lobby at Central Maine Medical Center. Several of King’s Look Around Books for children including the series Coastal Life and Mostly Birds described by environmental author, Barry Lopez as a “great gift to the human community as a child can read them alone and be filled with wonder” are also available for sale in the WHA Gift Shop. A percentage of sale proceeds benefits patients of CMMC.

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