Carlos Spottorno

"The Pigs"

The Pigs

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.

What started as a pejorative label used by neoconservatives, mainly from English speaking countries, was eventually taken up for some time without any qualms by the media.

Generally speaking, very disappointing political and economic policies, have put the PIGS in the crosshairs. It is alleged that the PIGS won’t be able to bear the pressure of sharing a common currency with their stronger European brethren. In this analysis, the forced exit of at least some of the PIGS from the Euro would lead soon to the demise of the European currency.

Yet, how much truth is there to this?

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

Carlos was raised in Madrid, Paris and Rome, where he studied Fine Arts. His career started as an art director in an advertising agency. In 2001 he switched to photography. Since then he has been pursuing his self-generated long-term projects alongside regular assignments for editorial and commercial clients.

To date, he has published five photobooks: The Pigs was selected as one of the most relevant photobooks of 2013 by Time magazine and British Journal of Photography and it was reviewed by The Guardian, Le Monde, Financial Times and the International New York Times. Included in C Photo Magazine 9/2014 by Ivory Press.

Carlos is a contributor for publications such as Der Spiegel, Financial Times, Le Monde, National Geographic Spain, El Pais Semanal, D Magazine, Marie Claire France. His images are part of the permanent collections and itinerant exhibitions and he has won many awards through out the years and World. Member of selection panel at Kassel Photobook Awards 2014. Jury member at the Dummys Award 2014. He also lectures and gives workshops in universities, master degrees and schools sharing his experience in personal projects, professional photography and documentary video.

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