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Carlos Spottorno // The Pigs

PHOTOBOOK AWARD 2013 at The Fotobook Festival (Kassel).
270 X 199 mm
Stapled softcover
Rotary press
112 pages
Text author: Carlos Spottorno
Publisher: PHREE + RM
Desgin by Carlos Spottorno and Jaime Narváez
Printed by Ribadeneyra
ISBN 978-84-941215-5-5
2.000 copies

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PIGS is a term coined by the business and financial press as a way to refer to Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain during their current financial plight. 

I have attempted to illustrate the stereotypes brought up by the term PIGS. In other words, what we would see if we were to translate into images the articles we read in the financial press. This is how I imagine economists see us.

The result is a collection of clichés, both true and incomplete. The same way a travel guide carefully avoids anything seemingly unattractive, this book shows much of what we find embarrassing, oftentimes rightly, and at times unfairly. Either way, it’s just an artifice with which to highlight a specific aspect of life in the PIGS. In the end, what stands out the most is the glaring absence in these images of all that is positive, beautiful and promising in our countries – and that still endures. 


Carlos Spottorno. I was born in Budapest in 1971. I was raised in Rome, Paris and Madrid. I began my carreer 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 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 . Check The Pigs website to read reviews by The GuardianLe Monde,  Financial Times, and other info.

In recognition for my work, I have recived 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 2013RM Photobook Award in 2012.

My photos were 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.