Frank X. Méndez
New York, USA, 1937
New York, USA, 1937
Photographer and graphic artist. Méndez studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York City, graduating in 1966 with a major in graphic arts and photography. In 1976–77 he was the recipient of a New York State CAPS Fellowship, and in 1977 he moved to Puerto Rico. Since then, he has taken part in solo and group shows in Puerto Rico, the United States, and Italy. His subject-matter is varied, almost always centering on human situations. His interest in images of cemeteries, which led to a portfolio series, was strengthened by encouragement from photographer Jack Delano, who inspired him to turn his gaze on subjects that had already been seen by others. His photographs are distinguished, in general, by being exclusively in black and white and using only natural light, by using traditional silver-gelatin development processes, and by being produced with cameras yielding 4 X 5 negatives, which multiply the tonal values.
“My pictures are simple, honest and they don’t hurt anyone”.
Frank X. Méndez, 1976
Source: Ann Bliss, Peggy. “Mujer”. The San Juan Star (San Juan, PR), December 26, 1976.
“I got interested in photography when I was in my late thirties. The fact that I began taking photographs relatively late in life is for me, I think an advantage. Photography requires enormous commitment, skill, luck and the ability to be totally involved and honest to the photographic image.”
Frank X. Méndez, 1986
Source: Nueva Luz photographic journal, Volume 1, #3 (En Foco: Bronx, 1986). http://dev.enfoco.org/photography/photographers/view/240/frank-x-mndez
“Contexto puertorriqueño: del rococó colonial al arte global”. Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2007.
Ann Bliss, Peggy. “Mujer”. The San Juan Star (San Juan, PR), December 26, 1976.
Rodriguez, Myrna. “Foto 90 exhibit shines at Museo del Arsenal”. The San Juan Star (San Juan, PR), January 30, 1990, p. 29.
Castro, Príncipe. “Reseña: PR Pausa y Movimiento Dentro y Fuera”. Fotografía101 (San Juan, PR), 28 octubre 2011. http://www.fotografia101.com/resena-pr-pausa-y-movimiento-dentro-y-fuera/
“En Foco: Selected Works from the Permanent Collection”. Uprising Art, August 02, 2012.
Ferdin and Protzman. “Expoures Too Long Ignored”. Washingtonpost, June 13, 1997. http://www.washingtonpost.com/pb/archive/lifestyle/1997/06/13/exposures-...
“Frank X. Méndez”. EnFoco, Photographers (New York, USA), 2015. http://dev.enfoco.org/photography/photographers/view/240/frank-x-mndez
Lopez Aviles, Ileana. “The Concept of Photography”. Puerto Rico Herald, July 17, 2002.
Manon, Junior. “Group Promotes Photography by Minority Artists”. Norwood News (New York, USA), Vol. 14, No. 12, June 14-27, 2001.
Raynor, Vivien. “Art; Photographs With a Puerto Rican Imprint”. The New York Times (New York, USA), December 24, 1995.