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"Vladimir Putin and Dresden Germany: The Genesis of Myth Making"
Author and Photographer Marques Vickers examines a propaganda story introduced by Russian President Vladimir Putin crediting himself with single-handedly defusing a hostile East German crowd intent on ransacking the Dresden KGB offices in 1989. Vickers’ book “Vladimir Putin and Dresden, Germany: The Genesis of Myth Making”, recounts the narrative, first related in Putin’s published memoirs “First Person” (2000) and later embellished in a 2009 broadcast via a Russian national television documentary. CONTINUED.
"The Berlin Wall: Over 25 Years After Fall"
Tracking the Remnant from the Wedding District to the Oberbaum Bridge
If you are planning to visit Berlin, one of the most unconventional and fascinating tours should include tracing the path of the historic Berlin Wall.
Author and photographer Marques Vickers takes you on a detailed visual tour with his book “The Berlin Wall: Over 25 Years After Fall”. The 205-page edition showcases the changes, constructions and alterations to the terrain that for thirty-eight years divided Berlin. His 325 photographs intimately detail the core of the city’s center, commencing from the northern Wedding district to southern Oberbaum Bridge. Concise commentary illuminates the background of prominent structures, memorials and historical events. CONTINUED
“Photographer Marques Vickers has captured over 125 stunning images from thirty-two commercial and residential high-rise projects that constitute the nucleus of Bellevue, Washington’s downtown core. His edition “Vertical Bellevue: Architecture Above a Boomburb Skyline” aesthetically documents the contemporary construction vision evolving along the eastern shores of Lake Washington. The photographic edition is Vickers’ third in his Vertical Washington series of architecture books. CONTINUED
The edition features over 160 stunning images from thirty-five commercial development projects that shape the nucleus of Seattle’s downtown Lake Union district. “Lake Union: The Public Face of Prosperity” is the initial volume in the Vertical Seattle series intended to document the city’s dynamic skyline growth. The heightening of the downtown Seattle skyline mirrors the prosperity and expansion of the business core. This change in complexion is most evident along the shoreline of Lake Union, a freshwater passage contained entirely within Seattle’s city limits. CONTINUED
"The Abandoned Western Cascade Mountain Railroad Tunnels and the 1910 Wellington Avalanche"
The creation of the train routes through the Western Washington Cascade Mountains proved a monumental challenge. The conflict arose between the engineering capabilities of man and the treacherous topography and inclimate weather of the region. The nine miles of track connecting the towns of Stevens Pass, Wellington and Scenic, Washington ultimately proved a failure for the Great Northern Railway. The Iron Goat Trail that retraces the former routing is a popular hiking destination. The trailhead is easily accessible by car. The well-maintained path leads you through traces of two ghost towns that were obliterated by avalanche. CONTINUED
“The Twilight Tree Graveyard of Rialto Beach” features over 105 photographic images capturing the stacked bleached tree lined shorelines and bordering forest. Rialto Beach’s shoreline is the most distinctive and scenic of five La Push, Washington regional beaches. The region is home to the Native American Quileute Nation, renowned for a folklore descending from wolf tribalism. CONTINUED
An architectural collection of Northern California artist Marques Vickers’ photography. The 100+ images portrayed within the edition serve as glimpses of urban constructions drawn from diverse American cities including Houston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, San Luis Obispo, Tacoma, San Antonio and San Jose. Each portrays a random glimpse of the metropolitan landscape showcasing component elements. CONTINUED
"Entombing Our Icons: The Jimi Hendrix, Bruce and Brandon Lee and Lake View Cemetery Memorials"
“Entombing Our Icons: The Jimi Hendrix, Bruce and Brandon Lee and Lake View Cemetery Memorials” features over 125 photographic images captured by artist Marques Vickers. The photography portrays musician Jimi Hendrix’s tomb and Seattle’s Lake View Cemetery featuring the gravesites of Bruce and Brandon Lee and other notable historical personages. CONTINUED
“The Glass Curtain Architecture of Bellevue, Washington”features over 120 photographic images captured by artist Marques Vickers portray the predominantly glass surfaced multi-level constructions in Bellevue. Straddling Lake Washington and connected to urban Seattle by two floating bridges, Bellevue is considered an Eastside boomburg (booming suburb). The contemporary city features a clustered downtown concentration of high-rise glass skinned office and commercial structures. Bellevue, which translates into beautiful view in French, is a 37 square mile community with a population of 135,000. The cornerstone development is the Bellevue Square shopping center. Enlargement has expanded significantly beginning with the 1990s technology industry expansion. CONTINUED
“Coffee Anarchists of the World Unite: The Italian Roasted Elixirs of Tacoma, Washington” is a photographic depiction of coffee obsession. Over 65 images portray the beauty and aesthetics elicited by this roasted alchemic infusion. CONTINUED
“Unseen Marin County: The Waterways of Mill Valley” is California author and photographer Marques Vickers’ visual examination of four water bodies located in the Marin County city of Mill Valley. Over 145 color images trace the routings of the Pickleweed Inlet and Mill, Corte Madera de Presidio and Coyote Creeks. The creeks that eminently flow throughout Marin County are important draining outlets originating from the elevated mountain ranges that frame the skeleton of the region. Each creek becomes an important tributary that ultimately empties into the San Francisco Bay. CONTINUED
“Unseen Marin County: The Waterways of Central Marin County” is California author and photographer Marques Vickers’ visual examination of five water tributaries flowing through the cities of Corte Madera, Ross, Larkspur and San Anselmo. Over 85 color images portray the routings of the Corte Madera, Ross, Larkspur, Tamalpais and San Anselmo Creeks. The creeks that eminently flow throughout Marin County are important draining outlets originating from the elevated mountain ranges that frame the skeleton of the region. Each creek becomes an important tributary that ultimately empties into the San Francisco Bay. CONTINUED
“Unseen Marin County: The Waterways of San Rafael and Fairfax” is California author and photographer Marques Vickers’ visual examination of five streams in northern Marin County. Over 70 color images portray the routings of the Santa Venetia Marsh Preserve and Las Gallinas, San Rafael, Fairfax and Sleepy Hollow Creeks. The creeks that eminently flow throughout Marin County are important draining outlets originating from the elevated mountain ranges that frame the skeleton of the region. Each creek becomes an important tributary that ultimately empties into the San Francisco Bay. CONTINUED
"The Architectural Elevation of Technology"
“Morro Rock: The Veiled Bride of the Nine Sisters” is Marques Vickers’ 135+ stunning photographic survey capturing the diversity and varied perspectives of the sacred monolith. Morro Rock is the most prominent of the Nine Sister mountain range located within San Luis Obispo County and fronts a beachfront gateway to the city of Morro Bay, California. The ancient sacred rock is geographically termed a protruding plug rising from the Pacific Ocean. A volcanic plug can also be called a neck as it is an object formed when magma hardens within a vent on an active volcano. CONTINUED
“The 2014 Napa Earthquake and Anniversary Aftermath” is author/photographer Marques Vickers fourth and latest photographic chronicle of the damage and reparations resulting from the August 24, 2014 Napa Valley Earthquake. Beginning from the day following the earthquake, Vickers has successively photographed the most affected historical buildings on five spaced occasions within the city’s historic core. This one-year anniversary edition, features nearly 200 images providing a comparative time sequence documenting the restoration process. CONTINUE
“Eternal Spring Street: Los Angeles’ Architectural Reincarnation“ is California author Marques Vickers’ celebratory pictorial edition recounting the evolution and transformation of one of downtown Los Angeles’ primary boulevards. The 178-page book features over 115 exterior photographs of buildings and architectural details that line the blocks of North and South Spring Street. The book traces colorful legends, anecdotes and landmarks that preceded current standing constructions. CONTINUED
“Fish Head Beach: The Silent and Senseless Murders of Lindsay Cutshall and Jason Allen” is a photo edition showcasing the Sonoma County beach and infamous 2004 crime site. Marques Vickers 95+ photographs capture the picturesque ocean and isolated shoreline that captivated the young midwestern couple prior to their execution during the late evening of August 14, 2004. Cutshall, 22 and her fiancé Allen, 26 were shot to death as they slept in separate sleeping bags on an obscured stretch of Fish Head Beach. They settled upon their sleeping arrangements during a weekend getaway from work because all of the nearby town of Jenner’s accommodation properties were fully booked. Their bodies were not discovered until Wednesday, August 18, when a Sheriff's helicopter was dispatched following a report of a man who was stranded on a cliff above Fish Head Beach. The helicopter spotted the bodies and notified the department. CONTINUED
“The Lafayette White Cross Memorial” is a pictorial edition of Northern California’s most striking and poignant monument established for soldiers who have died in the Iraqi and Afghanistan conflicts. Established in November 2006 as a protest against American involvement in Iraq, the Memorial has become an important symbol of remembrance with over 4000 rustic white crosses implanted on a hillside in suburban Lafayette. The inclined property overlooks one of Contra Costa County’s freeway arteries and the Lafayette BART transit station. Photographer Marques Vickers 49 images capture the intimacy and personalization of the panorama, which began as a spontaneous and controversial movement. CONTINUED
"The Reflective Powers of Water as Visual Alchemy"
“The Reflective Powers of Water as Visual Alchemy” is California artist Marques Vickers photographic edition of over 120+ images of inverted and reflective objects created by water exposure. The diverse photo sequence was captured through various bodies of water and fountains throughout northwestern Washington State. CONTINUED
“Nature as Art: Two”, is a photographic edition of northern California artist Marques Vickers’ works The second volume in the Nature as Art series offers a unique comparison between landscape and natural topographic photo images and the abstractive paintings of Vickers. The distinctions between photorealism and abstraction often blur upon direct evaluation. Over 140+ images depict natural images and the painter’s navigation with the currents of color. CONTINUED
“The Artistic Properties of Reflective” is California artist Marques Vickers photographic edition of over 105+ captured images of inverted and reflective objects mirrored by glass. The diverse photo sequence was captured through a variety of windows from the port district of Tacoma, Washington. CONTINUED
“Nature As Art One” is the initial photo volume of artist Marques Vickers’ collection of landscape and natural topography images. The selection represents the purist and profoundest poses of natural art compiled from over three decades of international travel. Volume One features over 90 images photographed in North America, Europe and the South Pacific. Each scene isolates a glimpse of nature through Vickers’ heightened artistic lens often overlooked by casual observation. CONTINUED
“The Leaves of Autumn: Meditations on Middle Age” is artist Marques Vickers photographic survey portraying the variety and vibrant colors of seasonally shedding foliage. Vickers combines his colorfully captured imagery with a meditative essay comparing the annual rite with the entrance and emergence of middle age. Nearly 120 images portray the diversity of autumn colors. CONTINUED
THE STUNNING VISUAL SURPRISES OF THE SAN ANTONIO RIVERWALK
The Stunning Visual Surprises of the San Antonio Riverwalk is a collection of over 45 photographs taken by California artist Marques Vickers showcasing the gorgeous concurrence of waterways intermingled within an urban center. The Riverwalk, also known as Paseo de Rio is a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath the streets of downtown San Antonio, Texas lined by bars, shops and restaurants. The River Walk is an important part of the city’s urban fabric and a tourist attraction with numerous visual surprises. CONTINUED
SAND AND WATER: Desert and Seascapes
“Sand and Water: Desert and Seascapes” is a collection of over 100 photographs by California artist Marques Vickers showcasing the contrasts between arid and wet extremes of topography. The desert scenes were photographed primarily in Zion National, Scottsdale and Sedona, Arizona. The water scenes were shot in Carmel, Monterey, Santa Cruz and various coastal and water bodies within northern California. CONTINUED
“The Marriage Between the Visual and Language During Spring in New England” is an arrangement of the visual poetry of artist Marques Vickers and his Springtime photography of the New England region. His collection of over 70 photographs focuses on the complex natural topography, architecture and historical heritage. The images were photographed principally in southern Maine and northern Massachusetts. The poetry of the emerging landscape from winter’s thaw makes the physical scenery both stunning and raw in its timelessness. CONTINUED
"THE DISAPPEARING WOMEN: The Figurative Paintings, Sculpture and Writings of Marques Vickers"
“The Disappearing Women” is a visual exhibition of California artist and writer Marques Vickers figurative paintings and sculptures created between 1998-2014. Over 75 artworks are showcased along with four short stories authored by Vickers. The four short stories address the complexities of sustaining relationships and chronicle narratives involving women who have disappeared from the author’s life. As Vickers notes in his preface “Love may simply be a four-letter word but relationships require more syllables and certainly greater complexity.” CONTINUED
”Flamenco Jondo” is a fifteen-year synthesis of figurative action paintings by Northern California artist Marques Vickers. Forty-eight paintings paired with his short story “Beauty Strolls the Ramblas of Figueras” comprise this stunning edition of visual passion and transitional dance movements. The cante flamenco translates into flamenco song, and is one of the three components of flamenco, along with toque (playing the guitar) and baile (dance). Because the dancer is spotlighted in a performance, many assume the dance is the most important aspect of the art form. In truth, the cante is the substance of the genre. A cante singer is a canaor. CONTINUED
"RUINED CASTLES AND PHANTOM MEMORIES"
“Ruined Castles and Phantom Memories” is a pictorial edition of artist Marques Vickers photography featuring the remnants and remains of several Middle Age castles in southern France within the Languedoc region. Each image frames the ruined monuments and elevated structures of 12th century France occupied by members of the once vibrant Cathar movement. Desolate and foreboding, these staggering monoliths bear the sole testimony of the Cathar race, effectively exterminated in the 14th century by the Catholic Church during the Albigensian Crusades. CONTINUED