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David J. Marcou's Works

This is a representative gathering of works created by David J. Marcou, La Crosse resident, photographer, writer and editor and is not meant to be comprehensive list. Also, representation of these works does not imply endorsement by the La Crosse Public Library nor Murphy Library, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Drama & Plays

As Angels do in Heaven /  by David J. Marcou (2009)

A play written by David J. Marcou with characters that include Bert Harter, a famous British photojournalist; his wife, Sheila; David Lamont, a young writer-photographer and friend of the Harters; plus many fictional and non-fictional figures, including Sean O’Casey, W.B. Yeats, and G. B. Shaw among others.

Bloody Math: A Drama in Three Acts / David J. Marcou (2004)
A play based on the bombing of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Sterling Hall tragedy in August 1970 written by David J. Marcou.

Remembering Davy Crockett: An Unabridged Play / David J. Marcou (2013)
A play about Davy Crockett, the man and the legend, in American history.

Song of Joy – or, the Old Reliables: A Sequel to Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock / David J. Marcou (2011)
A play based on five characters from Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock set ahead 18 years to 1940 written by David J. Marcou revised based on a critique from the Abbey Theatre of Dublin, Ireland.

Korea

My Two Korean Sojourns/ David J. Marcou (2007) cached

Travel story by La Crosse freelance journalist and author David J. Marcou as it appears in the online Oriental Tales Magazine.

Journalism/Journalists

James Cameron Journalist / by David J. Marcou

A biographical sketch of British journalist James Cameron written by David J. Marcou.

Putting it in Writing: An Exalted Leader in London / by David J. Marcou (March 24, 2009) cached

Online article written by La Crosse freelance journalist and author David J. Marcou about British journalist John Hilary Whale.

Putting it in Writing: Interviewing the Top Palestinian Director in London / by David J. Marcou (March 25, 2009) cached

Article appearing in online publisher Quazen written by La Crosse freelance journalist and author David J. Marcou about interviewing Francois Abu Salem, the director of El Hakawati, the only professional Palestinian theatre troupe active in the 1980s.

La Crosse, Wisconsin

Challenger & Nurturer: Wisconsin Civil Rights Pioneer James Cameron (1914-2006) / by David J. Marcou (2007)

An historical and biographical sketch of civil rights activist James Cameron who was born in La Crosse written by David J. Marcou (includes bibliographical references).

The Perfect Height of Trees: From Joliet to Marcou in Wisconsin / written by David J. Marcou (2013)

This compiled family history narrates the story from French Canada (Quebec) into Wisconsin and eventually La Crosse.

Spirit of La Crosse: A Grassroots History / edited by David J. Marcou (La Crosse, Wis.: D.J. Marcou: Western Wisconsin Technical College), 2000.

This compiled history embodies a grassroots efforts to tell the story of La Crosse's past through words and pictures. A fresh and innovative treatment of aviation, sports, communications, social services, minorities, military and religious life are offered in addition to the standard subjects of government, economy and education.

Photographers/Photography

America’s Heartland Remembers / edited by David J. Marcou and Barbara A. Pauls (2002).

From Luxembourg and America to the World: Edward Steichen’s Photographic Legacy / by David J. Marcou

Online article by La Crosse freelance journalist and author David J. Marcou investigates the life and work of photographer Edward Jean Steichen who was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who lead photographic units in both world wars and was a top portrait photographer and recognized internationally for his work.  He went on to direct the Photography Department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Gaga Over a Gargoyle / by David J. Marcou (February 2008) cached

Article written by La Crosse freelance journalist and author David J. Marcou appearing in Smithsonian Magazine February 2008 about photographers from Margaret Bourke-White to Annie Leibovitz who have scaled the Chrysler Building in New York City for incredible photos.

Modest Archival Photobook: Representative Photos included in the Smithsonian Institution, Viterbo University, the British National Portrait Gallery, the State Historical Societies of Wisconsin and Missouri, the La Crosse Public Library, and other Notable Archives / by David J. Marcou and Matthew A. Marcou (2009).

Most of the Time I See Photographs: New American Views in the Public Arena / Photographed by Author David J. Marcou; main front-cover photo by Matthew A. Marcou

  • Part 1 (front and back cover, pages 1-36)
  • Part 2 (pages 37-76)

The People Book: Photo-Essays and Montages in Monochrome/ Marcou, David J. (editor) (2004)

Many La Crosse, Wis., area photographers and writer teams compiled this work, edited by David J. Marcou.

Photographic Equality: Dorothea Lange, Her Migrant Mother, and the Nisei Internees / Marcou, David J. (October 9, 2009) / cached

Dorothea Lange’s images of poverty in Depression era America and of war-time Japanese-American internees are among the most iconic photographs of the twentieth century.  Online article by La Crosse freelance journalist and author David J. Marcou investigates the life and work of a photographer who recognized that human dignity lies at the heart of all great documentary photography.

Photographic Spirit: Inspiring Photo Lives and Images/ Marcou, David J. (2013)

Photographers highlighted include Eduard Jean (Edward John) Steichen, Dorothea Lange, Jon Tarrant, Annie Leibovitz, among others.

Pictures of Human Life: Documenting the Personal Spirit in my Little Black-and-White Photobook / David J. Marcou (2006)

Spirit of America volume 1 / edited by David J. Marcou and LuAnn Gerber (2001)

Spirit of America volume 2 / edited by David J. Marcou (2008)

Spirit of America volume 3 / edited by David J. Marcou (2009)

Spirit of America and the World: A Black-and-White Anthology of Visual Gists of Stories / directed, edited, sequenced by David J. Marcou (2009)

Spirit of Wisconsin: A Historical Photo-Essay of the Badger State / edited by David J. Marcou for the American Writers and Photographers Alliance (2005)

Spirit of the World: A Group Photographic Portrayal of Nature, People, Stories and Miracles / compiled and edited by David J. Marcou (2006)

The Value of Photography / by David J. Marcou (April 5, 2009) cached

Article appearing in online publisher Quazen written by La Crosse freelance journalist and author David J. Marcou about why still photography has great value today to all people.

Vital Washington: A Jubilee Year 2000 Photo-Essay / David J. Marcou (2000)

Witnessing History with a Camera: Ralph Morse Gets ‘er Done / by David J. Marcou (July 19, 2009) cached

Article appearing in online publisher Quazen written by La Crosse freelance journalist and author David J. Marcou about Life photographer Ralph Morse.

Picture Post Magazine, Bert Hardy and James Cameron

All the Best: Britain’s Picture Post Magazine, Best Mirror and Old Friend to Many, 1938-1957 / by David J. Marcou (2010 revision with photographic images)

A book written by La Crosse freelance journalist and author David J. Marcou chronicles the history of Britain’s Picture Post Magazine (owned by Sir Edward Hulton), Stefan Lorant’s contributions to the art of the photo essay, the emergence of Tom Hopkinson as an editorial force, the contributions of Picture Post during World War II, Britain’s postwar Labour Party controlled government, the key roles of staffers like Bert Hardy and Anne Scott-James, the beginning of the end for the Magazine, and Picture Post’s lasting legacy to the art of the photo essay.  Images from Picture Post Magazine are courtest of Getty Images. [Note: This work includes bookmarks in Adobe to aid in navigation within the document].

The Cockney Eye: Bert Hardy (1913-1995), A Neo-Dickensian 'Picture Post' Hero by David J. Marcou (2013)

A book that recounts the story behind the realization of photographic ideas by the Cockney Eye, Bert Hardy, who grew up in the rough and tumble world of neo-Dickensian London's Elephant & Castle District, and who went on to earn many awards and distinctions as lead photographer for 'Picture Post' Magazine, the Bristish equivalent of 'Life' Magazine, from 1938-1957.

Meeting Two British Journalists who Made History by David J. Marcou (March 20, 2009) cached

Online article written by La Crosse freelance journalist and author David J. Marcou about his time reporting for the Missouri-London Reporting Program and Bert Hardy.

Operatic Entrance / by David J. Marcou (March 2007) cached

Article written by La Crosse freelance journalist and author David J. Marcou appearing in Smithsonian Magazine March 2007 about photographer Bert Hardy’s capture on film of Queen Elizabeth II’s entrance to the Paris Opera House.

Poetry & Short Stories

A Big Little Kid's Christmas / David J. Marcou (2007)
An autobiographical short-story about growing up and Christmas time written by David J. Marcou.

Mississippi Stick / David J. Marcou (1977-1978)
A poem by David J. Marcou.
A poem written by David J. Marcou, when he earned an M.A. degree in American Studies from the University of Iowa.

Musings / David J. Marcou (1970s)

My Son, A Man for All Seasons / David J. Marcou (2010)

A poem written for his son, Matthew A. Marcou.

New Day / David J. Marcou (2009)

A poem commemorating the inauguration of Barack Obama as president of the United States of America.

 

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