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Carlos Spottorno Talk  1 June 2018 – 12:00documenta-Halle

Carlos Spottorno

Carlos Spottorno (Spanish, b. 1971) was born in Budapest and grew up in Rome, Paris and Madrid. His career started as an art director in an advertising agency, but in 2001 he switched to photography. Between 2007 and 2014 he was a featured photographer at Reportage by Getty Images and cooperated with Spanish production company Tesauro on commercial projects. To date he has published eight photo books, among them The Pigs, which won the KASSEL PHOTOBOOK AWARD in 2013. He was shortlisted for the Aperture Foundation Paris Photo Photobook Award in 2013 and was the only Mention by the Jury at the PhotoEspana Photobook Award. Carlos Spottorno has won numerous awards, including the World Press Photo (2003) and World Press Photo Multimedia (2015), Yonhap International Press Photo Award (2011) and the American Photography 24, 26, 27 and 30. He was a finalist for the Visa d’Or in 2008, the European Publishers Award in 2009 and 2013, and the RM Photobook Award in 2012. His work has been published widely in publications such as National Geographic Espana, El Pais Semanal, D Magazine, Marie Claire France and OjodePez. In December 2013, together with reporter Guillermo Abril, he received the assignment to prepare a series of stories about the European Union’s external borders for El País Semanal. Halfway between a photobook book and a graphic novel, the end result titled La Grieta (La Fissure / Der Riss) was published in Spanish, French and German in 2016-2017.


  • 2017 Carlos Spottorno, Guillermo Abril La Fissure, French edition Gallimard, Paris, France
  • 2017 Carlos Spottorno, Guillermo Abril Der Riss, German edition avant-verlag, Berlin, Germany
  • 2016 Carlos Spottorno, Guillermo Abril La Grieta, first edition (spanish) Astiberri Ediciones – Sillón Orejero, Bilbao, Spain
  • 2015 Carlos Spottorno Wealth Management, Phree / RM Verlag
  • 2013 Carlos Spottorno The Pigs, Phree / RM Verlag
  • 2014 Carlos Spottorno Todas Direcciones, Phree , Spain
  • 2010 Carlos Spottorno China Western, La Fabrica Ediciones, Madrid, Spain
  • 2010 Carlos Spottorno La Hora del Recreo / Break Time, Lünwerg
  • Carlos Spottorno Philosophia Naturalis / Natural Philosophy, Self-Published
  • 2006 Carlos Spottorno Buscadores de historia / History Seekers, Blur Ediciones, Spain
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