Located two hours south of the U.S. border, Monterrey, Mexico, has been the unfortunate poster child for the drug war and ensuing violence that has claimed thousands of lives and sent the country into chaos.
But there is another side to Monterrey, one in which hard-working residents seek to rise above the grisly drug-fueled crimes that have grabbed headlines around the world and have a better and more normal life.
It’s those people who are the subject of “The Car Poolers,” a project by photographer Alejandro Cartagena. He took pictures of workers commuting to jobs riding in the back of pickup trucks in Monterrey. The series will be shown at the United Photo Industries Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y., from Dec. 5 to Jan. 31.
Cartagena, who is from Monterrey, had spent years documenting the impact of development and suburban sprawl on his city — a rapid expansion fueled in part by residents trying to escape drug-related violence.
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