In this exhibit, award-winning photographer, Frank Forte, shares 10 stunning multi-image panels that depict communities, structures, boats, people, and activities along the canals of New York State. The library is located at 10 Waverly Place, Little Falls.

In 2019, Forte began exploring and photographing parts of the New York canal system. During that time he traveled from the Champlain Canal, Erie Canal, to the Cayuga-Seneca Canal. Descriptive captions have been written by Erie Canalway historians. This exhibit depicts the first part of his self-commissioned project to visit and photograph New York’s entire canal system.

Photo submitted – Frank Forte shows off some of his work.

Forte credits the staff of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor in Waterford, NY,  for providing guidance and support for the project. “Their encouragement and inspiration helped make this exhibit a reality,” he said.

Frank Forte is a commercial photographer based in Utica, New York. His work covers a wide variety of subjects including architecture, landscapes, historic places, landmarks, vehicles, and special events. His iconic picture of the tugboat Erie won first place in the Classic Canals category of the 2019 Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor photo contest.

He has exhibited pictures at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Art Festival, the Edith Barrett Fine Arts Gallery at Utica College, and the Gannett Art Gallery at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and most recently, the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse.

National publications including Hot Rod magazine, Camaro Performers magazine, American Iron (motorcycle), and Wheels of Time (vintage trucks) have featured his vehicle pictures. His work has also appeared in promotional literature for the New York State Historical Society in Cooperstown.

Photo by Frank Forte – Early morning fog swirls around the Max Jakob as it sits tied up at the Little Falls Harbor.

Forte has also done photography work for new construction projects at Colgate University, Hamilton College, and Mohawk Valley Community College. His work regularly appears in the publications of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

From 2006 to 2013, he served as the photographer for the Syracuse Nationals, the largest vehicle show in the Northeast.

Frank currently resides with his wife Caren in the Town of Fairfield, Herkimer County.

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An Erie Canal Odyssey will be on display at the Little Falls Public Library through April 2021. The Little Falls Public Library and the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts are sponsors of Art in Public Space.

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