Toronto specializing in contemporary photography

Alejandro Cartagena

Alejandro Cartagena

b. 1977, Dominican Republic / Mexico

Alejandro Cartagena lives and works in Monterrey, Mexico. His projects are primarily documentary based, and employ landscape and portraiture as a means to examine social, urban and environmental issues in Latin America. His work also engages with a larger history of photography by reinterpreting or rethinking the ways in which poignant issues have been addressed or represented in the past. This has widened his works’ aesthetic and conceptual approach and added layers of meaning to his complex interpretations of our society.

Cartagena’s work has been exhibited and published internationally and is in public and private collections in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, and the United States, including the SFMOMA, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Museum of Fine arts Houston, the Portland Museum of Art, the Museo de Arte Moderno in Rio, Brazil, the Fototeca de Nuevo Leon, Mexico and the Fototeca Nacional in Pachuca, Mexico.

He is the recipient of several major national grants, numerous honorable mentions and acquisition prizes in Mexico and abroad.

He received the Photolucida Critical Mass Book Award, the Lente Latino award in Chile, the Premio Salon de la Fotografia from the Fototeca de Nuevo Leon, the Premio IILA-Fotografia 2012 award in Rome and a POYi reportage award of excellence among others. He has been named a FOAM magazine talent and one of PDN’s 30 International Emerging Photographers to Watch. He has also been a finalist for the Aperture Portfolio Prize and has been nominated for several other important prizes such as the Santa Fe photography prize, the Prix Pictet, the Photoespaña Descubrimientos award, and the FOAM Paul Huff award.

Alejandro’s work has been published internationally in magazines such as Newsweek, The New York Times Lens blog, Nowness, Domus, Domus Mexico, the Financial Times, View, The Guardian, le Monde, Stern, PDN, The New Yorker, The Independent, Monocle and Wallpaper.

His monograph of Suburbia Mexicana was published in 2011 (Daylight / Photolucida) and his latest book carpoolers was released in 2014 (Fonca – Conaculta).

Artist website:

Curriculum Vitae (CV)


Alejandro Cartagena – CV [PDF]


carpoolers, Self-published / Fonca – Conaculta, 2014
with a text Jessica McDonald
Hardcover, English, 112 pages
ISBN: 9780692226605

Suburbia Mexicana, Daylight Books / Photolucida, 2012
with texts by Gerardo Montiel Klint, Karen Irvine, and Lisa Uddin
Hardcover, English, 108 pages
ISBN-10: 0983231605