Carlos Alvarez Montero photographs the people of Jacona (Michoacán), Mexico. In this town veterans like Jimmy “EL PINTO” lopez were pioneers in going to LA, there they became gang members. When coming back to Mexico they adapted those values gained of the “other side” to their homeland.
Carlos Álvarez was born and raised in Mexico City and now lives and works in New York and Mexico City. His work focuses on the relationship between appearance and the creation of identity. He believes that you must judge a book by its cover since it’s there that you can find hints of what’s in the mind of a person. His work has been published in Time Magazine, Newsweek, The Fader, Vice, Picnic Magazine, and Neo2.