A photo exhibit featuring life in Fairfield during the 1970s, as documented by Edwin Gaynor, will open June 30 at the Pequot Library and run through Aug. 11.

An opening reception for the show, "Edwin Gaynor Portraits: Fairfield Faces and Style in the 1970s," will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. June 30 in the Perkin Gallery of the library, 720 Pequot Ave.

Gaynor took portraits of Fairfield authors, brides, children, commodores and families during a period from the early to mid-'70s.

Also known for his accomplishments as a sailor -- ocean racer and distance cruiser -- Gaynor as a photographer specialized in portraiture.

A lifelong Fairfield resident who died last year, Gaynor attended Unquowa and Fairfield College Preparatory schools; served in the Merchant Marine during World War II; earned an undergraduate degree from Yale, and did graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He started a manufacturing business to produce fluorescent wiring devices which his son continues running today. He married Elizabeth Meissner and with her raised three children, his first models.

In the late 1960s, Gaynor met Russell and Betty Kuehner, professional photographers, who shared their knowledge with him and encouraged his interest in photography. Gaynor began using his Hasselblad camera to take portraits of friends in many different settings.

He built a darkroom in his Southport home where he did his own printing and enlargements, and devised a tray-rocking machine using his Gaynor Co. switches.

For more information, call 203-259-0346, ext. 15, or visit www.pequotlibrary.org.