Title: CARPOOLERS: THE FIRST LIMITED EDITION - Rare...
Publisher: Monterrey, Mexico: Alejandro Cartagena Studios, 2014
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 112 pages. Published in 2014. Collection of color photographs, presented as an Artist Book. One of the most beautiful photography books of our time. The First Limited Edition of 1000 copies. Precedes and should not be confused with the Second Edition. Published as a hardcover only that sold out shortly after publication. The Limited Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Alejandro Cartagena: Oversize-volume format. Cardboard covers with die-cut in front, cloth spine, and titles on the cover, as issued. Photographs by Alejandro Cartagena. Essay by Jessica McDonald. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Mexico to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Alejandro Cartagena's "Carpoolers". A masterpiece. "Asks us to consider the political and economic structures that move energy, labor, and wealth throughout Mexico. Conceptualized as one layer of a lifelong project, Cartagena's Carpoolers Series makes visible one more space between major points in the urban power grid" (Publisher's blurb). "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, and not from above anymore" (Cristina De Middel). "I shoot from a pedestrian overpass that looks over the cars coming out of a small tunnel and 'predict' which trucks might have people in the back. These images present a not-so-subtle observation of overgrowth issues in Mexico, where suburbs are being built in faraway lands, far from the urban centers, causing greater commutes and consumption of gas" (Alejandro Cartagena). Cartagena explored this phenomenon of enforced, labor-driven migration to the outlying areas of Mexico in his equally compelling series, "Suburbia Mexicana", a copy of which comes with this title. An absolute "must-have" title for Alejandro Cartagena collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Edition, and it is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated (in the year of publication) in pencil on the title page by the photographer: "Alejandro Cartagena 2014". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It comes with a fine copy of Cartagena's "Suburbia Mexicana", the Winner of the PhotoLucida Prize. This title is a great photography book. This is one of very few such signed and dated copies of the Limited Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 110 color plates. One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A flawless collectible set. (SEE ALSO OTHER ALEJANDRO CARTAGENA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0692226605. Bookseller Inventory # 19210
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