The 50 Carpoolers

Assembly presents "The 50 Carpoolers" by Alejandro Cartagena. This collection of photographs depicts laborers in México captured from an overpass, commuting between distant suburbs and urban centers. Like much of Cartagena's work, this project comes from a desire to tell the story of the dramatic environmental, economic, and demographic changes playing out in his home city of Monterrey. This photographic series has circulated the internet since 2011 and has been exhibited widely around the world.


Alejandro Cartagena is a Mexico-based artist whose projects employ landscape and portraiture as a means to examine social, urban and environmental issues. Cartagena’s work has been exhibited extensively internationally and his work is in the collections of major museums including the San Francisco MoMA, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Portland Museum of Art, The West Collection, the Coppel collection, the FEMSA Collection, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the George Eastman House and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and among others. Alejandro is also a self-publisher and co-editor and has created several award-winning titles. His work has been published internationally in magazines and newspapers such as Newsweek, Nowness, Domus, the Financial Times, The New York Times, Le Monde, Stern, PDN, The New Yorker, and Wallpaper among others.