Carlos Spottorno was born in Budapest and raised in Rome, Paris and Madrid.
He graduated in painting and printmaking at the Rome Academy of Fine Arts and was an Erasmus student at the Loughborough College of Arts & Design, in the UK.
Carlos started his career as an art director in the advertising industry, before switching to photography in 2001. Since then, Carlos has been pursuing long-term photography projects, usually gravitating around economy, politics and social issues, adopting for each subject a wide variety of languages.
Spottorno has 7 published books to the date, and has exhibited his work, presented his books and given lectures in numerous international venues and photo festivals such as Les rencontres d’Arles (F), Festival Internazionale (I), FOMU (NL), Donggang Photo Festival (KR), Encontros da Imagem de Braga (P), Lianzhou Photo Festival (CN), Noorderlicht (NL), Literaturhaus Berlin (DE), Fondation Cartier Bresson (F).
He is also an active educator, giving lectures and workshops in institutions such as the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of The Hague (KABK), Escuela de Periodismo de El País, Universitat de València, Camera school of Torino, EFTI (Madrid) among others.
Carlos contributes regularly with the magazine El País Semanal and has published his works in media such as National Geographic España, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Internazionale and other international media.
Shortlisted at Rencontres d'Arles Photo Text Book Award 2017
Nominated Prix Pictet 2014
Finalist Visa Pour l'Image 2008