Carpoolers in Mexico by Alejandro Cartagena
Alejandro Cartagena is a photographer born in Dominican Republic. He currently lives and works in Mexico. He examines the urban, social and environmental concerns of a city and how one interact with another. Moreover, his work has been exhibited worldwide in several museums. This also includes the museum of contemporary photography in Chicago and the museum of fine arts Houston.
In fact, media such as Newsweek, The Financial Times or The Guardian has featured Cartagena’s work. He has received many awards. The most recent ones are 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 10:00 to 15:00 metres above so I could spot the workers from far away.“he explains in a recent interview. The result is impressive. Enjoy.