Mark Parascandola is a documentary fine-art photographer based in Washington DC and Almería, Spain. He is especially interested in how photographs and movies can shape our perceptions of history and truth or create ambiguity between reality and make-believe.

His new photobook Once Upon a Time in Shanghai, which documents the mainland China film industry, was published November 2019 by Daylight Books.


Photobook now available for order

Once Upon a Time in Almería: The Legacy of Hollywood in Spain (Daylight Books 2017) is now available via Daylight Books and

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Nelson Algren and Simone De Beauvoir’s Road Trip Through Franco’s Spain  

Only a handful of photographs exist of Simone de Beauvoir and Nelson Algren together from a love affair that persisted, mostly across the Atlantic ocean, for over a decade. Possibly the last photograph of them together is from a visit...

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Changchun Film Studio  

The Changchun Film Studio was the first official state-run film studio recognized in the People’s Republic of China. It was created through merging multiple existing film production facilities and, in 1955, was given a permanent home in Changchun. For several...

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Hengdian: The World’s Largest Film Studio  

Xie Jin was one of the most important film directors of the Communist cinema generation working in the 1950s and early 1960s. His 1965 film Two Stage Sisters would later go on to receive international acclaim, but at the time,...

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Spartacus: Between Spain and Hollywood  

Spartacus was supposed to be filmed entirely in California. By 1960 there was growing alarm about the impact of “runaway” productions, which sought to cut costs by filming overseas, on Hollywood. Edward Muhl, longtime production director for Universal Studios, which...

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