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Biography - Bernard Mendoza

I started my career as a commercial photographer in London during the late '60s. I was fortunate enough to attract such clients as Chanel Perfume, Clairol, Coty and Goya Perfume to my studios in London and Amsterdam and in 1980, with Texas Instruments and Shell Oil being two of my major American accounts, I opened a studio in Houston, Texas. In 1985, with an offer from one of Hollywood's leading commercial production companies, Vern Gillum & Friends, I made my way to California to direct television commercials.

In the past 8 years I have been working primarily as a documentary and reportage photographer. I see myself as a story teller using single silent frames as my language. Sometimes these frames are joined together to tell an overall story, like the images from my essay 'Portrait Of A City Hospital', the story of public health care in America. The completed essay comprises sixty photographs and is now part of the permanent collection of the City of Denver and their Art in Public Places Program.

There is a great quote from Rémy de Gourmont (1858 - 1915) that, 'Life is a series of sensations connected to states of consciousness'. That is what fascinates me, those sensations and how we react to them. Not just pictures that shock or are sensational, but rather Us in everyday situations and how unique we are, even in the mundane.

One of the essays I am most proud of is entitled 'From Generation to Generation'. It documents orthodox Jewish communities in America, inspired by the photographs in 'Vanished World' by the late Dr. Roman Vishniac. This project has already received considerable recognition and was partly funded through a Fellowship from the Colorado Council on the Arts and a grant from Stephen Spielberg's Righteous Persons Foundation.

I am currently working on an ongoing project entitled 'Yards' Americans’ fascination with their front porch. An image from this series has already been recognised by the Kobal Awards and exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Like many reportage photographers, my work and philosophy have been heavily influenced by Henri Cartier-Bresson who talks about his pictures as, '...the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms that give that event its proper expression'.

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