Bernard M. Acosta was born in San Juan, Costa Rica. In 1918, he moved to New York City and worked in several photo studios. He later was employed by the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, traveling to the South American countries, where he demonstrated film, plates, and paper. When his health failed in 1931, he came to the Trudeau Sanitorium to cure, and in the fall of 1932, started a photography business on Academy Street. 1 On January 15, 1940, Acosta acquired the former William L. Distin studio. He was a teacher of photography classes at the Study and Craft Guild, beginning in 1948. 2 He also helped out as the event photographer of major Guild events, such as the Harvest Hop of 1948, after which he donated $50 in profits from the pictures to the Guild.
1. "Acosta Exhibition" Guild News July 1945, p. 2
2. "New Photo Class" Guild News Nov. 1948, p. 1.