Join us for “50 Shades of Grey”, a presentation by reportage/documentary and portrait photography, Bernard Mendoza. He’ll be sharing how he got his start in photography, examples of his projects and touch on some of the subjects he covers in his workshops such as understanding the creative process.
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About Bernard Mendoza
Bernard Mendoza is a reportage/documentary and portrait photographer who started his career in the late 1960s. His work has been collected and exhibited in museums and galleries around the world including, amongst others, The National Portrait Gallery in London, The National Portrait Gallery in Scotland, The Smithsonian Institute, The Royal Photographic Society UK, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Denver Art Museum, Art Center of Indianapolis, Vanderbilt Hall New York, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.
His work has been published in a variety of prestigious books including the University of Michigan Quarterly Review, the M.I.L.K. trilogy of books on Family, Love and Friendship, Art Directors Index to Photographers and Denver Confluence of the Arts.
Over the past 30 years, Mendoza has spent a considerable amount of time lecturing and giving workshops on photography and the creative process at universities and art centers around the country.
Mendoza has received numerous awards including a Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship and is a two-time recipient of a John Kobal Foundation award for portraiture. He also received a grant from Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Person’s Foundation to complete an essay on orthodox Jewish communities in America and a Fellowship from Colorado Council on the Arts to produce a photo essay on health care in America.
During the 1990s, as Artist in Residence at the University of Denver, he developed and ran a highly regarded program for troubled teens, using photography as a tool for youngsters to see their world. At the same time, he was invited to be a grants panelist for Neighborhood Cultures of Denver, responsible for bringing the arts to low income areas through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the NEH.
Much of Mendoza’s work deals with social issues, such as his highly acclaimed Portrait of a City Hospital, a photographic essay on health care that is now part of the permanent art collection for the City of Denver, and anthropological subjects such as From Generation to Generation a documentary a photography essay on orthodox Jewish communities in America that is now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Vaya en Paz (Go in Peace) the story of a community reclaiming its neighborhood from gangs and drug dealers in East Los Angeles. The Projects are Dead, Long Live the Projects an essay that documented the demolition of the old gang ridden projects.
Occasionally his dry English humor comes out in his work and is represented by some lighter essays including – Mutt ‘n Man – photographs made of dogs and their owners. Benches – the juxtaposition of people sitting on bus benches and the adverts displayed. El Prado – dance club hostesses at a little night club in East Los Angeles.