Intriguing photographic series: Mexican car poolers

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A bridge is situated on a highway that goes from the Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo — across the United States border in Laredo, Texas — due south to Monterrey. In the early-morning hours, Alejandro Cartagena stood there, pointing his lens down at the passing cars, like a distracted spy.

He was peeking into the backs of the pickup trucks, where construction workers pile together on their way to earn an honest living. His photo series, ‘Car Poolers’ is an effort to peer inside these tiny worlds that straddle public and private.

Cartagena says:

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