The Pigs (signed)

by Carlos Spottorno


Photographs: Carlos Spottorno

Text: Carlos Spottorno

Publisher: PHREE + RM

112 pages

Pictures: colour illustrations

Year: 2013

ISBN: 978-84-941215-5-5

Comments: 270 X 199 mm, Stapled softcover; shortlisted for Photobook of the Year (Paris Photo); Photobook Award 2013 (Fotobookfestival Kassel)

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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.


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The Pigs (signed)

by Carlos Spottorno


Photographs: Carlos Spottorno

Text: Carlos Spottorno

Publisher: PHREE + RM

112 pages

Pictures: colour illustrations

Year: 2013

ISBN: 978-84-941215-5-5

Comments: 270 X 199 mm, Stapled softcover; shortlisted for Photobook of the Year (Paris Photo); Photobook Award 2013 (Fotobookfestival Kassel)

sold out

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.


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The Pigs (signed)

by Carlos Spottorno


Photographs: Carlos Spottorno

Text: Carlos Spottorno

Publisher: PHREE + RM

112 pages

Pictures: colour illustrations

Year: 2013

ISBN: 978-84-941215-5-5

Comments: 270 X 199 mm, Stapled softcover; shortlisted for Photobook of the Year (Paris Photo); Photobook Award 2013 (Fotobookfestival Kassel)

sold out

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.


More books by Carlos Spottorno

more books tagged »politics« | >> see all

more books tagged »travel« | >> see all

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A collector's choice by josefchladek.com