For his series “Carretilleros,” César Rodríguez photographed workers at one of the largest food supply centers in the world, Mexico’s City Central de Abasto. Rodríguez says that throughout their long shifts the “carretilleros” (wheelbarrow pushers) carry 500 to 700 kg (between 1,100 and 1,500 pounds) per trip. “All of this,” Rodríguez says, “to keep México City running.”
Rodríguez was born in Western Mexico in a town founded in 1542 called Tepic, Nayarit. His documentary work focuses on Mexico’s regional cultures and traditions. His “Judea Cora” series of portraits, for instance, depicts an indigenous group in Mexico celebrating their version of a Holy Week, and he also created a series on sugar cane cutters.