Louis Mendes

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Mendes in 2009

Louis Mendes (born June 5, 1940) is a photographer from New York City who is known for his signature press camera, portraits and street photography.

Life and work[edit]

Mendes was born in a working-class family in Jamaica, Queens, New York in 1940. He was a young child when his elder sister handed him a camera to begin documenting family events. Later Mendes would study at the RCA Institute of Technology. After stints of working in retail including Macy's on 34th street, Mendes turned to photography.[citation needed]

Since the 1970s Mendes has traveled around the United States photographing people in public places. He has photographed celebrities including Spike Lee, Denzel Washington, Cab Calloway, Tito Puente and Gordon Parks.[citation needed]

Mendes predominantly uses a Graflex Speed Graphic camera; he has also used a Polaroid Spectra, modified Polaroid 110b, View Camera and medium and large format cameras.[citation needed]

Mendes has been written about by David Gonzalez in the New York Times.[1][2][3] He was featured in One Hundred Jobs: A Panorama of Work in the American City (The New Press, 2000) written by Ron Howell and with photographs by Ozier Muhammad. Mendes was cited for his flash techniques in Photographic Lighting Simplified (Allworth Press, 2003) by Susan McCartney. Mendes appears in Coney Island (W. W. Norton & Company, 1998) by Harvey Stein.

Mendes lives in Harlem, New York and has two daughters.[citation needed]

Books[edit]

  • The Magic Within. Self published by Raymond Ortiz / chiefbooks using Blurb, 2010. [1]
  • Mestrado Fotografo. Self published by Raymond Ortiz / chiefbooks using Blurb, 2010. [2]
  • One Of A Kind. Self published by Raymond Ortiz / chiefbooks using Blurb, 2010. [3]
  • Monumental. Self published by Raymond Ortiz / chiefbooks using Blurb, 2010. [4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ David Gonzalez (April 1, 1995). "Have Camera, Will Travel". New York Times. 
  2. ^ David Gonzalez (January 3, 2010). "A Camera and Eye, Both One of a Kind". New York Times. 
  3. ^ Macdonald, Kerri (5 January 2010). "Must See: He Kept His Speed Graphic". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 September 2014. 

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