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Cartagena, Alejandro (Photographer) & McDonald, Jessica (Contributor). CARPOOLERS: THE DELUXE EDITION. Baja, Mexico: Alejandro Cartagena Studios, 2016. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 112 pages. As New.

Artist Book. Collection of color photographs. One of the most beautiful photography books of our time. Deluxe "Clamshell Box" Edition of 30 numbered, dated, and signed copies. Should not be confused with either the first or second regular trade editions. The Deluxe Edition is now rare. A stunningly beautiful production by Alejandro Cartagena: Oversize-volume format. Plain cardboard covers with exposed spine, as issued. Photographs by Alejandro Cartagena. Essay by Jessica McDonald. The book itself is enclosed in integral plastic wrappers that are printed in front. Two original 8 X 12 inch color prints, one tipped into the clamshell box, the other loose within. Assorted Souvenir Items created by the artist/photographer enclosed. Red cloth clamshell box with black titles embossed on the cover. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Mexico to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents, in its most collectible Deluxe Edition format, Alejandro Cartagena's "Carpoolers". His 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). An absolute "must-have" title for Alejandro Cartagena collectors. This is a copy of the Deluxe "Clamshell Box" Edition, indicated/numbered as such on the Back Cover. It is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated (in the year of publication) in black ink-pen by the photographer: "Alejandro Cartagena 2016". It is signed directly on the Back Cover itself, not on a tipped-in page. It comes with two original 8 X 12 inch color prints that are also very prominently and beautifully numbered (the numbers match that of the book's), dated, and signed on verso by the artist/photographer. This title is a great photography book. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the Deluxe Edition available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 110 color plates, 2 original color prints. One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ALEJANDRO CARTAGENA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0692226605. $900.00

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