An award-winning photobook, The Pigs echoes the design and form of "The Economist" to deliver photoessays of real situations in four countries suffering in economic crisis in the EU: Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain — referred to by the financial press with the disparaging acronym PIGS.
Carlos Spottorno Madrid, Spain
I was born in Budapest in 1971. I was raised in Rome, Paris and Madrid. I began my career as an art director in an advertising agency. In 2001 I switched into professional photography. Since then I have combined my own self-produced, documentary long term projects with professional assignments both editorial and commercial.
Some of my work is featured by Reportage by Getty, and I cooperate with Tesauro for large commercial projects. I have had five books published: History Seekers (Blur Ediciones), China Western (La Fabrica), Philosophia Naturalis (self published), La Hora del Recreo – Break Time (Lünwerg) and The Pigs, winner of the Kassel Photobook Award 2013 and shortlisted at the Aperture Foundation Paris Photo Photobook Award 2013 .
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In recognition for my work, I have received other awards including a World Press Photo in 2003, YIPPA in 2011, American Photography 24, 26 and 27. I was a finalist for a Visa d’Or in 2008, the European Publishers Award in 2009 and 2013, RM Photobook Award in 2012.
My photos have been published by National Geographic España, El País Semanal, D Magazine, Marie Claire France and OjodePez among others.
Besides my personal and editorial work, I have shot campaigns both in still photo and video for clients like Nike, Vodafone, Movistar.
I give lectures and workshops based on my own experience as a professional photographer and documentary video maker.