Carpoolers #1 Special Edition Book by Alejandro Cartagena. Edition of 40. Self Published 2014
Carpoolers 1st Edition was the first book I self published in a big way. I was excited about the reception the work had had in the media so I felt a publication of the work could be a possibility. The book sold out in a couple of months thanks to all the bookstores that supported the work like L’Ascenseur Végétal, Photo-Eye, Photobook Corner, PhotobookStore, Flotsam Books.
Reviews of Carpoolers book
“Although we have seen (the Carpoolers) work before, what a pleasure to see how this selfpublished project, so cleverly combines the photos of the passing open plan trucks with their passengers laid out flat, but also the skies and scenes that can be viewed from the truck itself” —MARTIN PARR for Time Magazine Best Photobooks 2014
“Carpoolers is a deceptively powerful photobook, so well constructed that we’re suddenly eager to see more of something we had previously ignored”. — LORING KNOBLAUCH for Collector Daily
“It’s useless to comment now on the impact that this series by Alejandro had last year and how effective his neutral approach to the subject was. In the book (brilliantly designed by him, by the way) he leaves some room to certain aspects that might have gotten lost in the transition from the camera to the wall, and that is why this book is great! The hypnotic repetitive beginning, respectful to the series as we’ve known it so far, slowly gets more and more interrupted by frames and pieces of frames that drive you into a new kind of hypnotic state but this time almost as if you were inside the car yourself looking at and experiencing the road not from above anymore”. —CRISTINA DE MIDDEL for Best Books of 2014 Photoeye
Reviews of Carpoolers book
“Carpoolers is essentially a fascinating group of still-life photographs taken from a highway overpass — a ‘typology’ (of sorts) of pickup-trucks, day laborers and commuting. Interesting design and a well thought package”. —JEFFREY LADD for Best books 2014 photoeye
“One time, apparently, Alejandro rode in the back of a truck himself. To get the vibe. He made photographs with the camera pointed up, documenting the view, which often featured helicopters. Ferrying Monterrey’s wealthy elite? Or perhaps a cartel jefe? Who knows? But this is one book that will give you a peek into a world you couldn’t possibly know. And I was happy to see it, even if it distracted me from thinking about those 43 stolen boys. RIP”. JONATHAN BLAUSTEIN for aPhotoEditor
“Inside Cartagena’s tightly framed photographs, only thin clouds, visible as reflections, hint at the complex environment in which this scenario plays out day after day for the carpoolers. To get a sense of their perspective as this project neared completion, Cartagena climbed into the bed of a pickup truck with his camera one Sunday morning. With their disorienting, diagonal lines and indistinct, partial glimpses, the images he made contrast starkly with the controlled uniformity characteristic of the principal series”.—CLAUDI CARRERAS
More Information about the Author and Studio Cartagena
Carpoolers 1st Edition Book by Alejandro Cartagena.
TATE Modern, London, UK
Museum of fine arts Houston