The Car Poolers in Mexico is a project by photographer Alejandro Cartagena that takes a peek into the world of flatbed trucks that carry Mexican workers to their jobs. Shown last week at Kopeikin Gallery’s booth at Miami Project and at the Kopeikin Gallery, the photographs reveal intimate glimpses of laborers in the beds of the trucks, heading to or from the massive, low-quality housing complexes being built close to the country’s border with the U.S. Alejandro lives and works in monterrey, mexico. his projects employ landscape and portraiture as a means to examine social, urban and environmental issues. His work has been exhibited internationally and is in the collections of several museums including the sfmoma, the museum of contemporary photography in chicago, the portland museum of art, the museo de arte modern in rio, brazil, the fototeca de nuevo leon, mexico and the fototeca nacional in pachuca, mexico.
He received the photolucida critical mass book award, the lente latino award in chile, the premio salon de la fotografia from the fototeca de nuevo leon and the premio iila-fotografia 2012 award in rome. He has been named a foam magazine talent and one of pdn 30 emerging photographers in 2010. He has also been a finalist for the aperture portfolio award and has been nominated for the santa fe photography prize, the prix pictet prize, the photoespaña descubrimientos award and the foam paul huff award. Alejandro’s work has been published internationally in magazines such as newsweek, new york times lens blog, nowness, domus, the financial times, view, the guardian, le monde, stern, pdn, the new yorker, and wallpaper among others. For more information or to get in touch with the photographer just follow the links bellow.