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Alejandro Cartagena's Photographs Give A Glimpse Of Mexican Car Poolers (PHOTOS)

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Alejandro Cartagena takes photographs in Mexican suburbs that don't shy away from confronting social and urban issues. The Sony World Photography Awards shortlist nominee's recent collection "Car Poolers" gives a bird's eye view of men stuffed in the back of pick-up trucks alongside buckets, rope, wheelbarrows, and other supplies.

Cartagena doesn't need to inject much commentary to create extremely powerful images. Something as banal as riding in a truck with your gear, when you really confront it as an image, is so dehumanizing the photos almost look staged. Cartagena succeeds in providing a glimpse of a reality we often don't see. Without specifically labeling as good or bad, just or unjust, he creates arresting images that will make you think twice before you blithely pass by a packed truck on the road. See more at Circuit Gallery.


"Untitled Car Pooler #1", Archival Inkjet Print, 40x24.7inch, 2011, Courtesy of Circuit Gallery Toronto


"Untitled Car Pooler #2", Archival Inkjet Print, 40x24.7inch, 2011, Courtesy of Circuit Gallery Toronto


"Untitled Car Pooler #3", Archival Inkjet Print, 40x24.7inch, 2011, Courtesy of Circuit Gallery Toronto

"Untitled Car Pooler #4", Archival Inkjet Print, 40x24.7inch, 2011, Courtesy of Circuit Gallery Toronto

Do Cartagena's images change the way you see laborers' commutes? Let us know below.

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