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Honorable Mention BIFA 2020 Editorial / Environmental

The Life of A Plastic Sheet

  • Prize
    Honorable Mention in Editorial / Environmental
  • Company
    Costa Corbas
  • Photographer
    Costa Corbas

Almeria is home to the largest expanse of plastic greenhouses on our planet providing most of Europe's fruit and vegetable demand. It is so big it can be seen from space. Controversially, the plastic sheets reflect the sun´s heat cooling the ground surface in the area. This multibillion US$ business has expanded steadily since the 1970´s. Temperatures inside the greenhouses can reach more than 45 degrees Celsius and many Spanish workers find it too hot to work there. They are generally staffed by legal and illegal immigrants from Africa and Eastern Europe.

Costa Corbas is a British photographer living in Barcelona, Spain. After graduating in Chemistry from King's College in London, he worked as an executive in international businesses. During this time he became interested in photography and in developing economies and turned his attention to documenting the impact of economic growth on peoples lives.