About the Book
Héctor Méndez Caratini worked in the 1970s and 1980s as an ophthalmic photographer for the Diabetic Retinopathy Study and the Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study, the largest-ever randomized multi-center clinical studies, both sponsored by the National Eye Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. He has worked with the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and the Joslin Diabetes Center, academically affiliated with Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. Currently, Méndez Caratini works with the Veterans Administration Caribbean Health Care System, as well as with several private retinal practices in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is one of only some 550 photographers in the United States credentialed as a Certified Retinal Angiographer by the Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society.
This publication includes 154 remarkable fundus photographs taken by the author, along with a conversation between photography curator Ricardo Viera and Méndez Caratini. This interview offers a rare view into the photographer’s creative and scientific processes and how his documentations of his world travels have been influenced by the new technologies associated with his ophthalmic work. It also includes an insightful essay by Méndez Caratini on his personal humanistic philosophy.
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