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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Republic of China on Taihu Lake  

The awkwardly named ‘Jiangsu West Taihu Lake Film and Television Industry Base‘ in Changzhou, northwest of Shanghai, is relatively new, established in 2015. It reportedly cost over $110 million to build and includes 7 indoor sound stages and 150 acres...

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Farewell My Film Studio  

The Beijing Film Studio was created in 1949 as one of the primary state-run film production facilities. The studio was responsible for classic films such as New Year’s Sacrifice (1956) and Song of Youth (1959). Later, the studio constructed a...

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Huzhou Film and Television City  

Huzhou Film and Television City, located within the Taihu National Tourism Resort, is just as much about family entertainment as it is about film production. When I visited, the entire park staff assembled out front for a song and dance...

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Xiangshan Film and TV City  

The Xiangshan studios opened in 2005 on an undeveloped peninsula of fishing villages south of Ningbo for The Return of the Condor Heroes (2006), based on the Wuxia novel by Jin Yong. The site was also used for Chen Kaige’s...

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