Once Upon a Time in the West was photographed on the eroding sets and locations of Sergio Leone’s celebrated 1960’s ‘spaghetti Westerns’, deep in the Almerian deserts of southern Spain. For several years Aaron has pursued work concerned with the propagation of American myths abroad. He recently became fascinated by the notion that a fundamental American archetype – the Wild West, and its associations with freedom, independence, rebelliousness, brutality, morality, honour and so on – had been transposed by an Italian film director onto the landscape of Franco’s Spain, and subsequently came to define this ‘quintessentially American’ genre in itself. Furthermore, Aaron was particularly interested discovering what these remnants – flimsy, worn and weathered, but still standing forty years – might insinuate about the state of contemporary America, its ideals, reputation, ambitions, visions and illusions today.
AARON SCHUMAN is an American photographer, editor and writer based in the United Kingdom. He has exhibited his photographic work internationally, and has contributed to publications such as ArtReview, Modern Painters and The Guardian. He is currently a Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth, a Lecturer at the University of Brighton, and is the founder and editor of the online photography journal, SeeSaw Magazine.
For more information on Aaron Schuman www.aaronschuman.com