Copyright 2015 Alejandro Cartagena
Photographer: Alejandro Cartagena (born Dominican Republic, resides Mexico)
Publisher: Self-published (Mexico)
Text: English & Spanish
Multiple components, variable sizes, unbound in a heavy printed board folder, black & white lithography (newsprint), printed in Mexico
Photobook designer: Alejandro Cartagena & Fernando Gallegos
Notes: For Cartagena, “in 2008 the war against the drug cartels erupted in México. The State of Nuevo León in northeastern México became an increasingly violent place. The book project is a compilation of images and texts that obsessively revisit places where the war was eventually fought and look for signs of an evil that lay underneath but was invisible to everyone´s eyes at the moment these images were shot.” This complex project is indirectly a critique of photography itself which questions the “meaning” that photographic images seem to hold for the viewer. What do we really know by looking at a photograph of a landscape or a portrait at a given moment in time?
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