Tony Mendoza (Cuban, b. 1941). Dog Beach 3 (Two Dogs on Inflatable), 2014. Archival ink jet print, 17 x 20 inches. Courtesy of the Artist and Lee Marks Fine Art, Indiana.

Tony Mendoza: Cats and Dogs

March 16, 2018 – June 10, 2018

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GRAM’s exhibition Tony Mendoza: Cats and Dogs, presents photographs by this Ohio-based photographer and writer of Cuban descent. Among the eighteen-works included are black and white images from his 1985 project, Ernie: A Photographer’s Memoir, which features a photogenic feline Mendoza encountered upon moving to a new apartment, as well as color images from the series Dog Beach, and Bob, named for a dachshund who became something of a canine “muse” to the photographer. Mendoza’s images combine an animal-lovers’ focus on a subjects’ behavior and personality with a photographer’s attention to composition, light, and movement.

Tony Mendoza was born in Havana, Cuba in 1941, and moved with his family to Miami in 1960. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Yale University and a Master of Architecture from Harvard. Mendoza taught photography at the Ohio State University in Columbus from 1988 until 2013.