Last updated: November 15, 2013 6:30 pm
“This is how I imagine economists seeing us,” writes Spanish photographer Carlos Spottorno in the introduction to his recent photobook The Pigs – its title a reference to the unflattering acronym used to group together the economically unfortunate countries of Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain. Taken since 2008 and the financial crisis, Spottorno’s photographs – including the second in the slideshow, a flea market in Athens – use humour to poke fun at economic stereotypes. “What stands out the most,” says Spottorno, “is the glaring absence of all that is positive, beautiful and promising . . . This book shows much of what we find embarrassing.”
The Pigs was shortlisted for the 2013 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards and is on show at Paris Photo from November 14-17. See slideshow below for a selection of works from The Pigs, some of the other shortlisted books - and the two category winners, announced on Friday November 15
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