Carpoolers in Mexico by Alejandro Cartagena
Alejandro Cartagena was born in Dominican Republic and currently lives and works in Mexico. He examines the urban, social and environmental concerns of a city and how one interact with another. His work has been exhibited worldwide in several museums such as the museum of contemporary photography in Chicago, the museum of fine arts Houston, the Portland museum of art, the museo de arte moderno in Rio, Brazil.
Moreover, his work is published in prestigious magazines and networks: Newsweek, The New York Times Lens Blog, The Financial Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, The New Yorker, The Independent, Monocle and Wallpaper to name some. He has received many awards the most recent ones being The Lente Latino award in Chile and the the Premio Iila-Fotografia 2012 award in Rome.
In the Carpoolers project he documents the travels of daily workers in north-east Mexico. “They are pictures of men riding in the back of trucks on their way to work to construction sites and houses in south Monterrey. For me they are also a visual representation of how these people deal with the problem of transportation in an over developed city. All the images are shot on one of the busiest highways in Monterrey going southbound to the city of San Pedro. I selected two overpasses and shot from 10 to 15 metres above so I could spot the workers from far away.“he explains in a recent interview. Enjoy.