|Suburbia Mexicana, Photographs by Alejandro Cartagena.|
Published by Photolucida/Daylight, 2011.
Reviewed by Jonathan Blaustein
Alejandro Cartagena Suburbia Mexicana
Photographs by Alejandro Cartagena
Photolucida/Daylight, 2011. Hardbound. 108 pp., 36 color illustrations.
Ostensibly, Alejandro Cartagena's exquisitely crafted photographs taken around the Mexican city of Monterrey are meant to examine a localized tale of environmental degradation amidst rampant development. And they do. This monograph, which represents several of Mr. Cartagena's interconnected mini-series, definitely brings together the narrative of a place in time. The photographs are supremely well composed, and deal with color and light with equal measure. The project, published here in a joint effort between Photolucida and Daylight, was immensely well received over the last few years, and the book makes it easy to see why.
_____________________________Jonathan Blaustein is a photographer and writer based in Taos, NM. His work resides in several major museum collections and has been exhibited widely in the United States. For more information, please visit www.jonathanblaustein.com.