Coby Mendoza's penetrating and evocative portraits present an intimate view into another world - a world we would likely not be invited into, and one we might not search out to see for ourselves.

Reminiscent of the powerful and compassionate photographs Dorothea Lange took for the FSA in the 1930s, Coby Mendoza's new work carries this long history of documentary photography into the 21st Century. If you get a chance to see his work, don't miss it!

Meg Partridge
Director, Imogen Cunningham Trust
PO Box 456
Lopez Island, WA 98261
360/468-4565 tel
360/202-8028 cell
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Coby Mendoza is an empathetic photographer. This is apparent in his portraits, currently on display in the Art Center where I work, by the vulnerability of his subjects. They are themselves; their essence is available to the viewer.  Mr. Mendoza’s show, “Portraits of Vietnam,” could be a sad exposé on third-world living, but it is not. One is able to feel the hardship of the lives of those portrayed, but equally to  feel the strength of each individual. It is clear that this photographer has the respect required to address gritty topics, and has the brave heart to share their wry smiles. This is what will set him apart in his career – may it be long and fruitful.

Jaqui Hope
Executive Director
Pacific Grove Art Center
568 Lighthouse Ave.,
P.O Box 633, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
831 375 2208
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