ONCE UPON A TIME IN ALMERÍA: THE LEGACY OF HOLLYWOOD IN SPAIN
PHOTOGRAPHS BY MARK PARASCANDOLA
ESSAY BY ALEX COX
PUBLICATION DATE: DECEMBER 12, 2017
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.” Cheap labor and a landscape that stood in perfectly for the American West, North Africa, and even the surface of the moon, became the locations for some of the most iconic movies of the time starring Hollywood legends, from Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren to Peter O’Toole and Clint Eastwood. But the aura of Hollywood glamour was mostly fiction, part of a massive public relations campaign launched by 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. American photographer Mark Parascandola, whose family on his mother’s side hails from the region, documents this surreal place as it appears today. Artist’s website: www.parascandola.com.
Mark Parascandola was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities 2014, Finalist for the Sondheim Prize 2011, and Finalist for Critical Mass 2016.
Alex Cox is a British film director, screenwriter, and nonfiction author.
PHOTOGRAPHY/SOCIAL SCIENCE 10 x 12 | 148 pp | Paper over Board US $45.00 | CAN $61.99 978-1-942084-39-6 W
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