Once Upon a Time in Shanghai

Mark Parascandola

Book Details

Paper over board
ISBN-13: 9781942084747
148 pages; 70 Black and White and Color Photographs
12 x 10 inches
$45 US; $65.50 CAN 


Photographs by  Mark Parascandola

Essay by Michael Berry


China, poised to become the world's largest film market, is home to an expansive state-supported movie and television industry. On an unparalleled scale, entire towns have been built around making movies. Given film censorship codes in China, period films provide a safe and familiar format to tell stories based around “official” narratives. The movie sets, rivaling real-world cities and monuments in their scale, have themselves become destinations for domestic and international tourists. Despite the fiction, they bear witness to a dynamic and changing China.


Mark Parascandola is an award winning photographer based in DC. His book Once Upon a Time in Almería was published by Daylight in 2017

Michael Berry is a professor in the department of Asian languages and culture at UCLA