Cartagena, Alejandro (Photographer); Gallegos, Fernando (Designer) & Valdez, Cesar (Contributor). BEFORE THE WAR: THE FIRST LIMITED EDITION. Monterey, Mexico: Alejandro Cartagena Studios, 2015. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 102 pages. As New.

Portfolio of photographs, supplemented with editorial and other archival documents. Limited Edition of 190 numbered and signed copies. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with the Second Edition. There is no ISBN. The First Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Alejandro Cartagena and Fernando Gallegos: Oversize portfolio format. The portfolio is in pictorial hard boards with bold titles on the cover, as issued. Photographs by Alejandro Cartagena. Text by Cesar Valdez. Printed on pristine-white, archival stock paper in Mexico to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Alejandro Cartagena's "Before The War". Harrowing documentation of the Mexican Drug War. "In 2008, the war against the drug cartels erupted in Mexico. The State of Nuevo Leon in Northeastern Mexico became an increasingly violent place. This book project is a compilation of images and text that obsessively revisit places where the war was eventually fought, and look for signs of an evil that lay underneath, but was invisible to everyone's eyes at the moment the images were shot. Uses images from his personal archive, shot from 2005 to 2007, and sourced material to evoke places and people who were affected by the war on drugs. More than 80000 people have died since. There are no real answers to what actually happened and who the guilty are. A symbolic portrayal of the absence of transparency, the book ultimately speaks of the confusion and the underlying sense of defenselessness that permeated the war" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Alejandro Cartagena collectors. This copy is one of the First Limited Edition, indicated/numbered as such in gold pen-marker on the Portfolio's inside flap: "56/190". It is also very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed (initialled) in gold pen-marker by Alejandro Cartagena. This title is a contemporary photography classic. This is one of very few copies of the First Limited Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: It should NOT be confused with the Second Edition, which looks exactly like it. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with photographic plates. One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ALEJANDRO CARTAGENA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $300.00

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