Project Release: Alejandro Cartagena's "Car Poolers"
Today's Project Release is Alejandro Cartagena's Car Poolers. A selection of images from this new project were published on Friday in The Guardian; to complement that post, we are publishing eight images from the project including six not that have not been published before.
Alejandro Cartagena (b. 1977) lives and works in Monterrey, Mexico. His work has been exhibited and published internationally, and is in collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. Cartagena won the Critical Mass book award, and was named one of PDN's 30 emerging photographers. He was also a finalist for the Aperture Portfolio Prize, selected as an International Discovery at Houston FotoFest, a Hey, Hot Shot! finalist, and a featured artist at the CONTACT Festival in Toronto. He is currently teaching at the Faculty of Visual Arts of the University of Nuevo Leon. He is represented by Circuit Gallery in Toronto.
These images are a rare view into how car-pooling is practiced by workers in Mexico. They are also keener observation to overgrowth issues in Mexico where suburbs are being built in lands far away from urban centers causing greater commutes and consumption of gas. All images are taken in the city of Monterrey, Mexico where I live.