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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A Day at the Shanghai Film Studio  

Several years ago while visiting the Shanghai Film Studio, I photographed these actors on their lunch break. All dressed in identical black suits, they were part of a gangster film set in 1930s Shanghai. On this day, the studio was...

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125 Years of Federico García Lorca  

Federico García Lorca was born in 1898, and earlier this year marked the 125th anniversary of his birth. When he was 30 years old, Spanish newspapers covered a sensational story from a remote corner of Andalucia. Twenty six year old...

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Anthropology of the Moving Image  

A new book looks at movie landscapes: Arnd Schneider, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo has published widely on contemporary art and anthropology. His latest book, Expanded Visions: A New Anthropology of the Moving Image, brings together...

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The Story of El Condor  1

I put together this short video about one of my favorite film sets in Almería, which appears in “Once Upon a Time in Almeria: The Legacy of Hollywood in Spain” (Daylight Books 2017). One of the most intriguing locations in...

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