Carlos Spottorno

Madrid, Spain


Spanish, b. 1971

Carlos Spottorno is a Spanish documentary photographer with an artistic background who has focused his main personal projects on subjects related to power shifts, economy and social issues that shape the real world.

Born in Budapest in 1971, Carlos was raised in Rome, Madrid and Paris. He graduated in painting and printmaking at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma and spent a few years in the advertising world as an Art Director.

Carlos shifted to photography in 2001 and has since then pgoroduced numerous projects, both personal and assigned, as a photographer and filmmaker.

He has published numerous books including Wealth Management (RM & Phree), The Pigs (RM & Phree), Todas Direcciones (Phree), China Western (La Fabrica), Philosophia Naturalis (self-published), History Seekers (Blur Ediciones) and La Hora del Recreo - Break Time (L├╝nwerg). Some of these books have been reviewed in The Guardian, The British Journal of Photography, Le Monde, the Financial Times, TIME Magazine, Fotografia and Aperture.

Carlos has won numerous awards including two World Press Photo awards (2003, 2015), the Kassel Photobook Award (2013) and American Photography Awards. He has also been a finalist or nominee in awards such as Prix Pictet (2014), The Magnum Emergency Fund Foundation (2014), the European Publishers Award (2013, 2009) and the RM Photobook Award (2012).

Carlos lives and works in Madrid, Spain.

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