Carlos Saura

Vanished Spain


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When the great filmmaker Carlos Saura was a young man, he desired to create a book about his native Spain that would transgress the propaganda imagery of the Franco regime. He strove to depict his country as seen through his camera when he set out on a journey through Andalusia and central Spain in his Fiat 600 in the late 1950s. The trip left a deep impression on his first documentary film, “Cuenca” (1958). Since his youth Saura has been fascinated not only by the process of photographing but also by its technology, as demonstrated by his museum-quality collection of hundreds of historical and self-made cameras. Torn between the two media at the beginning of his career, Saura eventually chose to become a filmmaker but has continued to take photographs.

Vanished Spain offers a comprehensive insight into Saura’s photography with a focus on his black-and-white work of the 1950s: compelling images of landscapes, villages, bullfights and people of another era. Photographs of Saura’s diploma film project, “La Tarde de Domingo” (1957), are also present in the book, making it the definitive representation of his photographic oeuvre.

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Weight 1962 g
Dimensions 29.5 x 25.9 cm
Publisher name Steidl
Publication date 1 August 2016
Number of pages 256
Format Hardback
Contributors Text by Carlos Saura
Dimensions 29.5 x 25.9 cm
Weight 1962 g


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Carlos Saura, born in Huesca in 1932, is one of the most important European filmmakers. His more than forty films include "Los Golfos" (1959), "La Caza" (1965), "Peppermint Frappé" (1967), his Flamenco Trilogy comprising the films "Bodas de Sangre" (1981), "Carmen" (1983) and "El amor brujo" (1986), as well as the dance documentaries "Flamenco" (1995) and "Tango" (1998).