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David Lee Guss

David Lee Guss

Casa Grande, AZ

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I first became obsessed with photography and motion pictures while growing up in post WW2 Manila in the Philippine Islands in the late 1940's/early 1950's. Film noirs were a particular influence.

But my first love remains the theater. I acted in numerous amateur productions from 1958 to 1978. In 1979 I earned a MA in drama from the University of Arizona; earlier getting a BA in English from the University of Minnesota, where I co-founded the first film society on campus and ran it for four years. While at the U of A, I studied with the master black and white photo essayist W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978) the last year of his life. I am the last person cited in Jim Hughes' definitive biography of Gene, as I wrote about attending his final class days before his death.

I still consider myself an amateur photographer as almost all my work displayed here has been self assignments. After graduating from an announcing school in Minneapolis in 1964 I began employment as a news anchorman/booth announcer/writer/still photographer, at the now defunct KXAB TV in Aberdeen, South Dakota, without having taken a journalism course or ever have taken a photograph. (I bluffed my way into the job.) Being essentially my own boss of a one man news team, I could repeatedly blunder and bury my numerous mistakes. There I began my thematic, photo essays as stories for broadcast in black and white slide form. I found photography much more rewarding than being a media celebrity.

After an abortive try at the Peace Corps I landed at KVOA TV in Tucson, Arizona in April 1967 as a news editor/cinematographer. I continued with the photo essays now shot on negative film, and printed/ rephotographed with 16mm film. My only on air appearances were when I did "stand-uppers" or interviews.

Since then I have spent decades as a teacher of arts related subjects (acting, film making/history, creative writing, art history, literature and photography, English, etc.) in various community colleges, universities and prison facilities in Arizona.

My images, with the captions and descriptions, speak for themselves. I am presently building a website (vanishingamericanwest.com) which will feature my photo essays and short films.

My photo essays are in numerous archives/museums in the US and Europe. I am the only living photographer who has his own archive at the University of Arizona Special Collections Library in Tucson.

My prize winning short films/videos have been screened at festivals in Australia, Finland, France, Germany, Japan. Malta and Spain; and on many US cable systems.

Since 1994 I have lived in an adobe house in Casa Grande, Arizona.

 

6th Street looking north off Congress Owl Drug Tucson Arizona c. 1939 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Looking west on Congress Owl Drug Burton Frasher photo Tucson Arizona circa 1937 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

6th and Congress 1930s era Owl Drug wall sign Hotel Congress in background Tucson Arizona 1989 by David Lee Guss

 

Closeup of 1930s era Owl Drug wall sign Tucson Arizona 1989 by David Lee Guss

 

Church and Congress Tucson Fox Theater Hotel Congress in background Tucson Arizona Christmas 1967 by David Lee Guss

 

Hotel Congress fire number one Tucson Arizona January 22 1934 color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Telephone switchboard in use when Dillinger gang stayed at Hotel Congress Tucson AZ January 1934 by David Lee Guss

 

Hotel Congress fire number two Tucson Arizona January 22 1934 color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Rodeo parade Congress Hotel Burton Frasher photo circa 1937 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Close Inn Courts where Dillinger stayed Frasher photo South 6t South Tucson Arizona 1936 by David Lee Guss

 

Jun Jun's Bakery Across The Street From Shamrock Bar South 6th South Tucson Arizona 1982-2008 by David Lee Guss

 

Cash money for almost anything store South 6th South Tucson Arizona 1982 by David Lee Guss

 

Used Tire Store South 6th Avenue South Tucson Arizona 1984-2009 by David Lee Guss

 

Dillinger gang captured here headline Arizona Daily Star Tucson Arizona January 25 1934 color added by David Lee Guss

 

Dillinger gang member Harry Pierpont arrested Tucson Arizona January 25 1934 by David Lee Guss

 

John Dillinger Captured At 927 E. 2nd number one Tucson Arizona January 25 1934 by David Lee Guss

 

John Dillinger Captured At 927 E. 2th number two Tucson Arizona January 25 1934 by David Lee Guss

 

John Dillinger Reenactment Hotel Congress Tucson Arizona 1993-2008 by David Lee Guss

 

John Dillinger Mug Shot Tucson Arizona 1934-2013 by David Lee Guss

 

John Dillinger Screen Capture From Newsreel 1934-2009 by David Lee Guss

 

Dillinger theatrical poster 1945 color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Lawrence Tierney publicity photo Dillinger 1945 color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Publicity Photo Warren Oates Dillinger 1973-2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Dillinger theatrical poster 1973 by David Lee Guss

 

Johnny Depp as bank robber John Dillinger theatrical poster Public Enemies 2009 by David Lee Guss

 

Johnny Deep as John Dillinger Public Enemies publicity photo 2009 frame added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Dillinger killed headline The Hammond Times Hammond Indiana 1934 color and frames added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Dillinger killed by US agents headline July 1934 color and frames added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Night of Dillingers death Biograph Theater Chicago Illinois July 22 1934 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Biograph Theater advertising Dillinger newsreel July 1934 Chicago Illinois frame added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Day After John Dillinger Was Shot Biograph Theater Chicago Illinois July 23 1934-2012 by David Lee Guss

 

Biograph Theater redressed for 1934s Public Enemies publicity photo Chicago 2008 frames added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Biograph Theater redressed for 1934s Public Enemies Chicago Illinois 2008 color altered 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

John Dillingers death mask displayed at the Crime Museum in Washington DC refashioned 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Personal Appearance For Evelyn Frechette John Dillingers Girl Friend 1936-2008 by David Lee Guss

 

Triumph of the Will foreign theatrical poster 1935 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Triumph of the Will premier UFA Palace Theater 1935 Berlin Germany color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Aerial view from the Hindenburg of the Olympic stadium Berlin Germany 1936 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Marching formation screen capture Triumph of the Will 1935-2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Marching figures Triumph of the Will Nuremberg Germany 1935 by David Lee Guss

 

Shovel brigade Triumph of the Will Nuremberg Germany 1935 by David Lee Guss

 

Adolf Hitler riding through Nuremberg Triumph of the Will screen capture color and frame added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Leni Riefenstahl about the time she appeared in S.O.S. Eisberg 1933 by David Lee Guss

 

Hitler and Leni Riefenstahl collage 1936 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Closeup of Riefenstahl from previous image color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Leni Riefenstahl behind film camera 1936 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Leni Riefenstahl with a Leica unknown photographer or date by David Lee Guss

 

Leni Riefenstahl closeup circa 1936 color added 2015 by David Lee Guss