Wed, 11/14/2012 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
'Once Upon a Time in Almería' -- Artist Talk and Closing Reception
Where |Embassy of Spain
2375 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
washington, DC 20037
About This Event
Wednesday November 14, 6:30 - 8:30PM
Artist Talk at 7:00PM
In conjunction with Fotoweek DC
Photographer Mark Parascandola will discuss the legacy of filmmaking in Almería and the ideas and stories behind the photographs on exhibit. Accompanied by wine reception and open viewing of the exhibit.
RSVP required to: email@example.com
For more information visit the Fotoweek event page here.
Once Upon a Time in Almería
On Exhibit: September 13 - November 16
Embassy of Spain
2375 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20037
Metro: Foggy Bottom-GW
During the 1960s and 1970s, the region of Almería Spain, was host to dozens of filmmakers who constructed elaborate movie sets, invoking locations from the American Southwest to Bedouin Arabia.
Films shot here include Cleopatra, Lawrence of Arabia, Patton, and Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns starring Clint Eastwood. Film directors sought to manipulate the otherwise uninhabitable landscape in order to create a world more imaginary than real. Four decades later remnants of the old movie sets remain in the desert, providing seemingly tangible evidence of human settlements that never really existed.
This series of photographs focuses on the architecture and locations used in classic films over the years. Some of the buildings shown were constructed solely as temporary sets, while others are pre-existing structures with their own history, discovered and reused by foreign movie directors.