Alejandro Cartagena

Alejandro Cartagena

Suburbia Mexicana/ People Of Suburbia

If the City is man’s most successful attempt to remake the world he lives in more after his heart’s desire and hence condemned to live in it, as Robert Parks has remarked, then my commitment as a photographer is not only to denounce our need for a privately owned household, but to point the struggle our contemporary world faces between the ideals of capitalism and the strive and desire for fairer and more equal cities in which to live in.

Alejandro Cartagena (b. 1977) Dominican Republic

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 Museum of Fine arts Houston, the Portland Museum of Art, the Museo de Arte Moderno in Rio, Brazil, the Fototeca de Nuevo Leon, Mexico and the Fototeca Nacional in Pachuca, Mexico.

He has 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, the Premio IILA-Fotografia 2012 award in Rome and a POYi reportage award of excellence among other awards. He has been named a FOAM magazine talent and one of PDN´s magazine 30 emerging photographers. He has also been a finalist for the Aperture Portfolio award and has been nominated for several important prizes such as 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, the New York Times Lens blog, Nowness, Domus, Domus Mexico, the Financial Times, View, the Guardian, le Monde, Stern, PDN, the New Yorker, the Independent, Monocle and Wallpaper among others.

Read the full article on Lens Magazine Issue #18 Life in the City

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