Shot from a pedestrian overpass on Mexico’s Highway 85 during the winter of 2011/2012, Alejandro Cartagena’s photo series “Car Poolers” offers a bird’s-eye view of construction workers as they hitch an early-morning ride to work in the backs of pick-up trucks.
The workers – some cramped between tools; others huddled together for warmth – are heading south to San Pedro Garza Garcia, one of Mexico’s cleanest, safest and wealthiest cities.
Alejandro, born in the Dominican Republic but now living in Mexico, says of the workers: “They have to survive. They have to work. They do whatever it takes in order to make things work.”
‘Alejandro Cartagena: Car Poolers’ is on show at Kopeikin Gallery, Culver City, California, from February 23 until April 6; www.kopeikingallery.com