This book was a word and picture account of my first trip back to Cuba after 36 years of exile. Here are some review excerpts of the book:
Los Angeles Times, Sunday March 12, 2000. (Cuba: Going Back) "In his brilliant photographs, Mendoza doesn't betray any interest in the exile fantasies of return. He teases us, plays with our love of nostalgia, by bathing his black and white prints in sepia, making them look older, …but, through his lens, Mendoza shows us the present disintegrating: An elderly man earns a few pesos filling cigarette lighters; the police checks a taxi driver's papers; a small boy plays baseball in the rubble; a sickly dog searches for scraps of food. What the gifted Mendoza delivers is the topography of a wasteland."
Camerawork, Spring/Summer 2000. "Mendoza's book, (Cuba: Going Back) with it's strong textual emphasis on political and social reform, reads like an updated and refined version of How the Other Half Lives (by Jacob Riis.)
Miami Herald, December 26, 1999. "A subtle yet striking collection of sepia-like photographs depicting life in Cuba, coupled with the perceptive observations of a Cuban exile returning home for the first time in 36 years, make this (Cuba: Going Back) more than a coffee table dust-catcher...The result is a fascinating and even-handed book, yet sometimes harshly critical, word-and-picture view. While the information gathered and the pictures taken date to 1996, events of the intervening three years have done little to alter this volume's timeliness. In fact, it may be even more relevant now.