April 3, 2011
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Monterrey, the capital of the northeastern border state of Nuevo Leon, is Mexico’s 3rd city and one of the country’s most important business centres. Within its metropolitan area is the separate municipality of San Pedro Garza Garcia. I haven’t seen the figures myself but apparently San Pedro boasts one of the highest, if not the highest average income per household in all of Latin America. At the very least it’s one of the very wealthiest areas in the Latin world. The fact it’s a two-hour drive away from the US border will not be a coincidence.
How to photograph wealth? Its such an important part of the puzzle. All the private security guards, walls, electric gates and mirrored glass make this world seem so much more private, restricted and difficult to access for those outside of it. All the logos, brand names and advertisements, and all the chain stores, restaurants, cafes, bars and hotels make this landscape seem like an untouchable, legal nightmare for a photographer.