Born and raised in Mexico City, Carlos Alvarez Montero uses his camera to capture the complexities of Mexican gang culture like no one else.

It’s not surprising that his work has been featured in international exhibitions and publications like The Fader, Vice, Time Magazine, Newsweek, and Harper’s Baazar México. The eye-popping colors of the Mexican landscapes juxtaposed with the stoic expressions of his subjects makes for a stunning collection.

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