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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.

 

Babe Ruth Boston Red Sox National Photo Company 1919 color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Destroy this mad beast propaganda enlist U.S. army poster circa 1917 color and frames added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Lady Liberty and boy scout tableau 8x10 inch glass negative Washington DC circa 1918 color added '05 by David Lee Guss

 

Adolf Hitler with fellow soldiers from the List regiment number two circa 1916 by David Lee Guss

 

Adolf Hitler close up portrait in WW1 uniform circa 1917 by David Lee Guss

 

La Grande Illusion theatrical poster 1937 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Pierre Fresnay and Erich von Stroheim La Grande Illusion publicity photo 1937 by David Lee Guss

 

Herman Goring WW1 aviator number one circa 1918 by David Lee Guss

 

Herman Goring WW1 aviator number two circa 1918 by David Lee Guss

 

Herman Goring WW1 aviator number three circa 1918 by David Lee Guss

 

Herman Goering in the cockpit of a Fokker D.VII screen capture somewhere in Germany circa 1918 by David Lee Guss

 

Herman Goering wearing the Blue Max around his neck 1932 color and frames added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Second Lieutenant Frank Luke with his 13th official kill September 18 1918 somewhere in France by David Lee Guss

 

Second Lieutenant Frank Luke with his SPAD S.XIII on September 19, 1918 somewhere in France-2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Eddie Rickenbacker Fair grounds track 103 mile auto race March 20 1915 Tucson AZ color added 2012 by David Lee Guss

 

WW1 flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker somewhere in France circa 1918 by David Lee Guss

 

The Blue Max theatrical poster 1966 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen with his Blue Max medal c. 1917 by David Lee Guss

 

James Mason as as General Count von Klugermann The Blue Max 1966 by David Lee Guss

 

Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen with his pet dog unknown locale 1916 by David Lee Guss

 

Von Richthofen and Brown theatrical poster 1971 frame added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

John Philip Law as Baron Von Ricthtofen Von Richthofen and Brown publicity photo 1971 by David Lee Guss

 

Soldiers on horseback trenches unknown location or date color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

British soldiers in trench unknown location or date color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

The Big Parade publicity photo John Gilbert in the center 1925 by David Lee Guss

 

Racing into battle screen capture unknown location c. 1917 by David Lee Guss

 

No Mans land Flanders Fields W.L. King photo France 1917-2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Patriotic Posters Midway Arizona State Fair Phoenix 1967 Collage Color Added 2012 by David Lee Guss

 

Tucson Police Department 1st motorcycle City Hall steps number one Tucson Arizona c.1917 color add by David Lee Guss

 

Tucson Police Department 1st motorcycle City Hall steps number two Tucson Arizona c.1917 by David Lee Guss

 

William S. Hart Homage The Toll Gate 1920 Toll Gate Saloon Central City Co 1971 by David Lee Guss

 

William S. Hart Screen Capture Hell's Hinges 1916-2012 by David Lee Guss

 

William S. Hart Portrait C.1918 Nelson Miles Photographer Virginia City Montana 1971-2008 by David Lee Guss

 

Film Homage Allan Dwan Soldiers Of Fortune 1919 #1 Lyric Theater Tucson Arizona 1919-2008 by David Lee Guss

 

U 155 German submarine Tower of London circa 1918 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

SM U-118 number one washed ashore Hastings at Essex England April 1919 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

SM U-118 number two washed ashore Hastings at Essex England April 1919 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

SM U-118 number three washed ashore Hastings at Essex England April 1919 by David Lee Guss

 

SM U-118 number four washed ashore Hastings at Essex England April 1919 by David Lee Guss

 

WW1 Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery France screen capture circa 1918 by David Lee Guss

 

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae 1914 by David Lee Guss

 

Funeral cortege for poet John McCrae Wimereux Cemetery near Boulogne France 1918 color frames added by David Lee Guss

 

In flanders fields memorial on the war site LimoWreck photo boezinge ieper west flanders belgium by David Lee Guss

 

Flanders Fields memorial number one Casa Grande Arizona 2005 by David Lee Guss

 

Oh What a Lovely War theatrical poster 1969 color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Flanders Fields memorial number two Casa Grande Arizona 2005 by David Lee Guss

 

Oh What a Lovely War Polish theatrical poster 1969 color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Celebrating Germanys surrender WL Drummond photo Wall Street NYC 1918 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss