We have much to gush about the work of Carlos Alvarez Montero. His work speaks volumes about identity and emerging cultures. His eye catches the beautiful subtleties of the moment. Heis ever producing: photography, film, and dabbling in musical interests like DJing and radio. He is prolific. He is in collaboration with: Marco Cataño, on a book project about Mexican guitarists,Pedro Jimenez, on the documentary M de Michoacán, and with us, on "Racial Profiling" both in New York and Mexico City. His photography has been published in The Fader, Esquire Mexico, and Hamburger Eyes, etc. You can catch him on Sundays from 11pm on Radioglobal.org as part of the collective, La Family Dub.
Place of Birth: México D.F.
Parents: Mom: Torreón, Coahuila, Dad: Michoacán
When did you move to NYC and why?
In August 2007, to go to grad school (an MFA in photography, video, and related media at The School of Visual Arts).
When did you return to DF and why?
Last winter because it was the agreement I had with one of my grants the Fulbright-Garcia Robles.
Which neighborhood did you live in NYC and why?
Harlem, I love the energy and authenticity of that part of the city.
Which neighborhood do you live in DF and why?
Currently in Satelite (so it's not in DF, I'm in the Estado de México Suburbs) in my girlfriend's house, we hope to move soon to La Cuauhtemoc where I used to live before I moved to NYC.
Name a New York moment.
Being congratulated by a Muslim man because of my beard.
Name a DF moment.
Not being able to catch a cab because of my beard.
How did you keep it Mex in the City when you were in NYC?
Ordering a huarache de bistek with a Jarrito de tamarindo from the Toro Partido restaurant in Harlem, hanging out with the Firme Rydaz Lowrider Bike Club form the Bronx and making photos for the Mex and the City ladies of course!
Share the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear to you gave you?
My friend Pedro (who by the way has a great mezcaleria in Guadalajara named Pare de Sufrir...Tome Mezcal!) introduced me to a shaman from Huautla de Jimenez, El Profe Pablo, he always used to say: "Adelante, siempre adelante..."
What's your drink of choice?
Chocomilk! I'm addicted to it!
Name three songs on your mind right now:
Novalima: "Mujer Ajena", Orquesta Harlow: "Abran Paso", and Prince Fatty ft. Hollie Cook: "Milk and Honey".
Favorite label or product?
Fania Records, I love all the covers made by Izzy Sanabria.
Name your favorite past time.
Collecting music and DJing.
Tell us your favorite Mexican expression.
La Culpa no es del Indio si no del que ve sus películas (a variation of the classic: la culpa no es del indio si no del que lo hizo compadre, this one making reference to Mexican director Emilio "El Indio" Fernandez).
What Mexican do you most admire and why?
All Mexicans that do what they have to do no matter what.
Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.
Fifteen years ago, I had a band called "Camila". Years later, a friend that worked at Sony asked me if I had the copyright of the name. I didn't. Today Sony Music Entertainment has a band called "Camila".