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Foam Magazine

Issue #32 / Talent / Alejandro Cartagena

Car Poolers

Car Poolers seems to represent how Mexican suburbia is not working. According to Cartagena, the images 'act like an intimate interior where these men prepare themselves for a long day of work; the only thing strange about it is that they do it in a public space.  If you think of early twentieth-century photography of tenement houses in New York, Lewis Hine comes to mind. People were squashed into small rooms hoping for a better future; hoping one day to be home owners, which eventually happened. But now it seems as though, here in Mexico, to preserve the dream of owning your house in the suburbs you are forced into a squashed state again'.

Alejandro Cartagena was interviewed for this issue of Foam Magazine by Anne-Celine Jaeger.