|The first comprehensive photographic study of the Big Bend region, Texas' Big Bend presents a stunning area of the nation in a manner that lifts it up to an artistic experience, recreating the feeling many people have when they first encounter the natural beauty of the area. These interpretive photographs take the viewer more deeply into the magic of Big Bend than previous guidebook/panorama-type books have.
The region of Texas that is embraced by the big bend of the Rio Grande is one of the most spectacular areas in our country, comparable in beauty and ruggedness to Yellowstone and Yosemite, but providing a solitude those parks cannot offer. Big Bend's grandeur, remoteness, rich history and dramatic ecological diversity have caused it to take on almost mythological status with travelers who find their way there. No matter how many hundreds of people visit the park, each traveler feels alone with nature.
Officially founded in 1944, the Big Bend National Park has been celebrated in photography before, but never has the entire region, including the Big Bend Ranch State Park, the territory between the historic towns like Alpine, Marfa, Terlingua and Marathon, and the vastness between the Pecos and the Rio Grande, been captured in one volume.
Readers will enjoy a museum-quality look at Big Bend and gain insight on photographic techniques, while discovering the entirety of the Big Bend region for the first time. For lovers of Big Bend, Texas, national parks or the wonders of geology in general, Texas' Big Bend illuminates nature's majesty in new and provocative ways.
A fourth generation professional photographer, MIKE MARVINS has traveled Big Bend witha backpack, by car and on horseback for over twenty years. Limited edition portfolios of his Big Bend photography have been acquired by major museums in Texas, including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin. An ardent supporter of the Park, Marvins is donating his royalties to the Friends of Big Bend, a group that raises funds for improvement within the national park.
Texas' Big Bend includes an informative foreward by Roy Flukinger, the longtime photography curator of the University of Texas' Harry Ransom Humanities Center. Roy has authored many books and dozens of articles. The preface is by Bill Wright, a colorful author, photographer and Big Bend resident who currently serves on the Texas Commission for the Arts and is past Chairman of the Texas Historical Foundation. Bill's books include Portraits from the Desert: Bill Wright's Big Bend and The Texas Outback: Ranching on the Last Frontier.
All Of Mike Marvins' royalties are being contributed to Friends of Big Bend National Park, Compadres del Rancho Grande and non-profit groups that support Big Bend National Park and Big Bend State Park.