A native of New Orleans, Guy Mendes studied writing with Kentucky author Wendell Berry and photography with Ralph Eugene Meatyard. He has won several Emmy Awards as a documentary writer, director and producer for Kentucky Educational Television, where he has worked since 1973; and he is one of the region’s best known photographers.
Mendes comments of his work, “I'm interested in the quality of light on a wall. I want to get my eyes around something I can't get my hands on, or don't have words to describe. Some of these pictures I set out to make. Others just grew, organically, out of my everyday life. I love it when that happens. Signs and wonders abound; if we look hard enough and long enough.”
Guy prefers to work in black and white formats and is the author of three photography books, Local Light, Light at Hand, and Forty Years / Forty Portraits. His photos have been widely published in other books and magazines. A photo suite of 13 of his portraits of writers is in the collection of the Photo Archives at the University of Louisville, and the Cincinnati Art Museum and the University of Kentucky Art Museum own his prints.
Works by Guy Mendes can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, and at the Ann Tower Gallery in Lexington, KY