DREAMING LEONE, From project to self-publish
25 Giugno, 2015, ore 19:00, LINKE. lab.
In the 70s and 80s, the Tabernas desert near Almeria in Southern Spain became the Hollywood of Westerns. It was here that legendary filmmaker Sergio Leone made movies like “Once Upon a Time in the West”, “For a Fistful of Dollars”, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, making the desert of Tabernas, with its landscapes, movies sets, and relatively low cost, a point of reference for the Spaghetti Westerns culture.
In the last years, the film sets were turned into fairgrounds or were abandoned, and the people who worked and lived around the cinema circuit, such as stuntmen and extras, dedicated themselves to doing Western performances to attract tourists, yearning for the glory days of Western movies, revealing the existence of a disappearing world.
Dreaming Leone the book takes the cue from this world: a former documentary project by Alvaro Deprit on the cinema industry and its crisis in his native Spain, has evolved into a self publish photobook in collaboration Michela Palermo, as editor and designer of it.
In 2014 the photobook has been shortlisted for the Fotobookfestival Kassel Dummy Award,
the ViennaPhotoBookFestival, and received a Special Mention at Self Publish Riga.
Alvaro says, “The book is a tribute to classic Spaghetti Western movies, and especially to
the collective unconscious of this current”. Michela says, “Alvaro and I saw the power
of telling this story in a book form, so we decided to set Alvaro’s images in an object
that could give something of the legacy of the world created by Sergio Leone back to
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