About the Book
Incas consists of the seminal photographic documentation that Méndez Caratini did on Inca culture in 1974. Thirty-four years later, the artist-photographer returned to Peru to produce variations in color of those original photographs of the ancestral stonework at UNESCO World Heritage Site Machu Picchu and other Inca sites.
In 2008 he travelled to the Amazon to work on Amazonia. There, in the dense tropical forest and on the majestic rivers, he was able to document not just the jungle’s colorful endemic flora and fauna but also the native peoples living in their villages. In this part of the saga he trained his lenses on the importance of nature conservation.
From 2006 to 2009 Méndez Caratini worked on the final movement, titled Pachamama, which is the name of the mother-earth deity in Quechua, the Inca language. This section is composed of several digital collages printed on canvas along with large-format single images, diptychs, and triptychs.
This book includes 126 striking photographs representative of this trilogy, as well as an illustrated conversation between renowned photography curator Ricardo Viera and Méndez Caratini. The interview offers a rare insight into the artist’s creative processes.
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