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Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit
Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Dettaglio di una parete di roccia crollata nel deserto di Tabernas.

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit
Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Un attore si riposa dopo uno spettacolo western in un Luna Park.

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit
Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Set cinematografico di un paesino Western nel deserto di Tabernas, costruito da Sergio Leone.

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit
Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Figuranti in un Luna Park dedicato al Western.

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit
Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Figurante in un bar di un Luna Park dedicato al Western.

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit
Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Dettaglio di un Luna Park dedicato al Wester.

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit
Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Una montagna del deserto di Tabernas.

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit
Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Scenario di uno spettacolo di Can-Can in un Luna Park dedicato al Western.

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit
Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Set cinematografico di un paesino Western nel deserto di Tabernas, costruito da Sergio Leone.

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit
Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Performance di un duello mitico di un film western in un Luna Park.

Dreaming Leone, Albaricoques, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit
Dreaming Leone, Albaricoques, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Dreaming Leone, Albaricoques, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Ristorante dedicato ai film Western.

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit
Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Due attori di cinema Western e cantanti di musica country. Lui è americano lei belga, vivono in un camper nel deserto di Tabernas.

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit
Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Ritratto di uno stuntman di un Luna Park dedicato al Western.

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit
Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Casolare abbandonato nel deserto di Tabernas.

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit
Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Ristorante dedicato ai film Western.

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit
Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Ritratto di un attore di film Western, chiamato Henry Fonda per la sua somiglianza.

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit
Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Un albero secco nel deserto di Tabernas.

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit
Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Dreaming Leone, Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Spain, November 2011. © Alvaro Deprit

Scenario di uno spettacolo di Can-Can in un Luna Park dedicato al Western.

 

Alvaro Deprit is a Spanish photographer who has been living in Italy since 2004. After the completion of his studies in German Philology he dedicated himself to photography. His photographs have been exhibited in festivals and galleries across the world and were published on the most important international magazines. He also received awards like the PhotoEspaña OjodePez Human Values Award and the International Photography Award of the British Journal of Photography.

Between the 70s and the 80s, a desert region within Andalusia embodied the image of the American frontier. It was the golden age of co-productions, when local producers provided actors and locations, a time when among these rocks, a part of the cinematic collective memory was born: the Spaghetti Western. With relatively low budgets and a natural scenario that was rare to find in Europe, Tabernas desert was the favourite location for many films until the early 90s. Then, higher production costs discouraged further use of those sets, who were totally abandoned after a while. The people who worked there have decided to turn those sets into amusement parks, taking advantage of the interest that pop mythology arose from those movies.
Alvaro Deprit has therefore captured the subtle ambiguity between what these sets used to be and what they now represent in his project Dreaming Leone: “Nowadays these places have become an imitation of an imitation: the sets evoke a dream that has already disappeared and the actors' faces reveal the melancholic perspective of an upcoming end». Saloons, shoot-outs and can-can shows are now part of a suspended world, crystallised in a fun fair routine that still bears a glimpse of what it used to be.

Dreaming Leone became a self-published book, edited and designed by Michela Palermo, with a foreword by Erik Vroons and Francesco de Aguilar Milanese's illustrations.

Gabriele Magazzù

 

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