Paul Cyr grew up on a potato farm in the northern Maine town of Hamlin. He started taking pictures in the early 1960s with a Kodak instamatic camera, and photography soon became his lifelong hobby.
Paul’s favorite type of photography was (and still is) farm aerials. Over the next decade or so, Paul took a few hundred aerials of local farms. Many of these photographs still exist, hanging on local farmhouse walls.
After moving to Presque Isle in 1976, Paul’s photography took a back seat to his commitment to his family’s healthcare business, development of rental properties, and the creation of a patented snowmobile component he manufactured for 25 years.
Paul now has more time to devote to his hobby and spends time each week looking for new photographic opportunities. Ninety-nine percent of his photographs are taken in Northern Maine, most within 10 miles of his home. All of his photographs are one
shot takes, no composites, no drone images, or any other special effects.
Paul shares his work with over 30,000 followers on Facebook at Paul Cyr Photography. His inventory of photographs is measured in the tens of thousands and many are used by dozens of northern Maine towns and businesses for websites, report covers, tourist guides, and brochures, to mention a few. People may also find Paul’s photographs featured prominently in the local media, Bangor Daily News, Barcroft Media (London, U.K.), Mirror (London, U.K.), Boston Globe, Yankee, Down East magazines, and more. Paul’s work has been featured
twice on WCSH News Center’s Bill Green’s Maine Outdoors show.
Down East Books recently published two books exclusively featuring Paul’s photographs: Uses for Mooses (2017) and Bears Behaving Badly (2016), and included Paul’s work in Maine Life in a Day (2017). In 2014, Paul and local author Dottie Hutchings published Acadian Roots: Images
of the St. John Valley to commemorate the World Acadian Congress. All can be found at Amazon.com.