Alejandro Cartagena’s Favorite Book from 2020

Day Sleeper by Dorothea Lange & Sam Contis.   Published by Mack.

This is a book where images, vision and authorship collide with one another to create something new, an idea that I’ve been obsessing about lately. When does meaning happen in photography? Was it when Lange took those images, all those years ago? Or when Sam edited and sequenced them into the book? I have a feeling that it's more in the latter where this happens, so we need to rethink and make more conversations about the images and less about the image-makers. This book is a great place to start.

Alejandro Cartagena is an artist and bookmaker living in Mexico.