Héctor Méndez Caratini is a Puerto Rican artist/photographer with a boundless, insatiable curiosity. When a subject interests him, he attacks the question in an organized and scientific way. He is not the sort to set off blindly in pursuit of the answer to, or knowledge about, a question. Instead, working like an anthropologist, he begins gathering information and background details to develop a deep understanding of the subject. Organizing this information, he pictures in his mind photographs he might make even before he journeys to the place he plans to photograph. These days, that place is likely to be on the other side of the world.
From the essay FORWARD, INTO THE PAST: An Afterword by Jan Galligan and Lillian Mulero.
Héctor Méndez Caratini was born in San Juan, PR in 1949. During the past four decades the photographer and video artist has documented and promoted the cultural heritage of his nation. His artistic work has been exhibited in more than one hundred prestigious museums and galleries in the United States, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. His photographs are in the permanent collection of various museums. Such as: Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY); Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX); International Center of Photography (New York, NY); Center for Creative Photography (Tucson) AZ; Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (San Juan, PR); Museo de Arte de Ponce (Ponce, PR); Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña (San Juan, PR); among others. He has received numerous distinctions during his professional career, such as: the first Honorific Mention of the Casa de las Américas Photo Essay Prize, 1981, La Habana, Cuba; the Leopold Godowsky Color Photography Award (Photographic Resource Center, B
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