Alejandro Cartagena - Car Poolers (2011)
In his most recent project to date, Alejandro Cartagena examines New York’s migrant work force, from within the vans that transport them to and from their work sites. Shot from a birds eye-perspective, we are given an insight into a space we would not normally consider.
Awkwardly positioned amongst tools and work materials, or crammed together asleep between jobs; Cartagena’s subjects prompt a discussion into the social subject of his images. Nevertheless, the photographers’ reluctance to draw a conclusion of ‘good’ or ‘bad’ in relation to the reality of the work- is evidenced in the collection. The variety of images and their compositional style, allows for the audience to appreciate the images for what they are and begin to draw their own conclusions and opinions of each scenario.