Coming Fall 2017 Publication of the Photobook – Once Upon a Time in Almeria: The Legacy of Hollywood in Spain
Photographs and text: Mark Parascandola
Publisher: Daylight Books
Publication date: Fall 2017
70 color images, 180 pages
Includes forward, essay, one page color map of locations and an index of images with extended captions
Size: 12 (w) x 10 (h)
Fifty years ago the province of Almería, in the far southeastern corner of Spain, came to refer to itself as “The Movie Capitol of the World.” International stars – Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, Clint Eastwood, and many others—passed through the barren landscape. But the aura of Hollywood glamour was mostly fiction, part of a massive public relations campaign from the dictatorship of Francisco Franco to change the world’s image of Spain. Today, some of the old film sets remain, partially preserved in the desert, as ghostly relics of a forgotten era.
This book will appeal to readers interested in documentary photography, but will also appeal to those interested in Hollywood film history, in Spain and landscapes, and in the politics of popular culture. The images are engaging on their own, showing vast, barren landscapes and ghostly remains of old Western towns in the Spanish desert. But the accompanying essay, map, and index of images also reveals the complex half-century history behind these images. The locations and their stories bring the viewer back to a golden age of Hollywood productions involving Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, Clint Eastwood, Raquel Welch, Claudia Cardinale, John Lennon, and others.
The photobook ‘Once Upon a Time in Almeria: The Legacy of Hollywood in Spain’ will be published fall 2017 by Daylight Books.