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Alejandro Cartagena | Car Poolers


These images as they are a rare view into how Car Pooling is practiced by workers in Mexico. Even though the workers are not conscious of the ecological impact they may have by traveling this way, they are a silent contributor to the preservation of our city and planet. These images are also a keener observation to overgrowth issues in Mexico, where suburbs are being built is far away lands from the urban centers causing greater comutes and consumption of gas. The work also reflects on many things such as the workers state of mind, their working condition, the need and lack of proper transportation in Mexican cities, suburban sprawl, and these workers invisibility in a society struggling with a social crisis.


Alejandro Cartagena (b. 1977, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) lives and works in Monterrey, Mexico. His work has been exhibited internationally and is in the collections of several museums including the SFMoMA, MoCP, and the Portland Museum of Art. Cartagena has received the Photolucida Critical Mass Book Award, the Lente Latino Award, the IILA photography prize in Rome and the Salon de la Fotografia Award in Monterrey, Mexico. He was named a FOAM TALENT in 2012 and to PDN 30 in 2010. His work has been published in Domus, the Financial Times, Newsweek, Le Monde, Stern, The New Yorker, and Wallpaper among others.


For more information, please visit: alejandrocartagena.com/

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