Join us at FotoWeekCentral for a discussion and book signing with the creators of Once Upon A Time In Almeria.
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.