China Western refers to Xinjiang, the westernmost chinese province. It borders with Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikstan, Kirgizstan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Autoctonous uighurs are musmlim, have turkish origins, and claim independence for what they call East Turkestan from the chinese, whom they consider an occupying colonial power.

Carlos Spottorno was born in Budapest in 1971 and raised in Rome, Paris and Madrid. He began his carreer as an art director in an advertising agency. In 2001 Carlos switched into professional photography.