Tony Mendoza
Cuban, born 1941

Tony Mendoza began his career as a photographer in 1973; before that, he earned a degree in engineering from Yale and a degree in architecture from Harvard. His work, as he explains, borrows from traditions of landscape and architectural photography. In his most iconic works, Mendoza uses a low vantage point to photograph subjects that are close to the ground—the flora in a patchy urban garden, the artist’s pet dachshund, or the evolving appearance of a former flatmate’s cat over the course of two years. Mendoza, who is colorblind, works mostly comfortably in black-and-white photography, but has carefully ventured into color photography as an experiment in finding color balance. Among his notable works are a series of more documentary photographs of his first trip back to Cuba after 36 years of exile.

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