Alejandro Cartagena (b. 1977, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) lives and works in Monterrey, Mexico. His projects employ landscape and portraiture as a means to examine social, urban, and environmental issues. Cartagena’s work has been exhibited internationally in more than 50 group and solo exhibitions. His work is in the collections of several museums, including the San Francisco MOMA, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Portland Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
Cartagena has received several awards, including the international Photolucida Critical Mass Book Award, the Street Photography Award in the London Photo Festival, the Lente Latino Award in Chile, the Premio IILA-FotoGrafia 2012 Award in Rome, and the Salon de la Fotografia of Fototeca de Nuevo Leon in Mexico. He has been named an International Discovery by FotoFest, a TALENT in FOAM Magazine, and an Emerging Photographer in PDN Magazine. He has also been a finalist for the Aperture Portfolio Award and has been nominated for the Santa Fe Photography Prize, the Prix Pictet Prize, the Photoespaña Descubrimientos Award, and the FOAM Paul Huff Award. 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.