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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.

 

Biplane mural Casa Grande Museum Casa Grande Arizona circa 1927-2004-2008 by David Lee Guss

 

Ground battle and biplanes number one Wings 1927 by David Lee Guss

 

Wings theatrical poster 1927 by David Lee Guss

 

Clara Bow as a teenager circa 1922 frames added 2008 by David Lee Guss

 

Clara Bow Publicity Photo Eugene Robert Richee Photo number one 1926-2008 by David Lee Guss

 

Clara Bow Publicity Photo Eugene Robert Richee Photo number two 1926-2008 by David Lee Guss

 

Clara Bow Publicity Photo Eugene Robert Richee Photo number three 1926-2008 by David Lee Guss

 

Gary Cooper Wings 1927 by David Lee Guss

 

Ground battle and biplanes number two Wings 1927 by David Lee Guss

 

Hells Angels theatrical poster number one 1930 frame and color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Jean Harlow publicity photo Hells Angels 1930 by David Lee Guss

 

Hells Angels theatrical poster number two 1930 frame and color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Hells Angels theatrical poster number three Zeppelin 1930 frame and color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Hells Angels theatrical poster number four 1930 frame and color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Machine gunner Hells Angels 1930 color and frames added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Hells Angels premiere Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood May 24 1930 color and frames added 20 by David Lee Guss

 

Hells Angels theatrical poster number five lantern slide 1930 frame and color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Hells Angels Times Square New York 1930 by David Lee Guss

 

All Quiet on the Western Front theatrical poster 1930 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

All Quiet on the Western Front French theatrical poster 1930 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

All Quiet on the Western Front machine gunner 1930 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Lew Ayres All Quiet on the Western Front 1930 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Lew Ayres and Ben Alexander All Quiet on the Western Front 1930 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

All Quiet on the Western Front exploding shell 1930 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Paths of Glory theatrical poster number one 1957 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Paths of Glory theatrical poster number two 1957 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Soldiers waiting to go into battle Paths of Glory 1957 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Paths of Glory theatrical poster number three 1957 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Kirk Douglas with his troops in the trenches publicity photo Paths of Glory 1957 by David Lee Guss

 

Paths of Glory theatrical poster number four 1957 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

The Beast of Berlin sheet music circa 1917 by David Lee Guss

 

Werner Krause as Caligari The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 1920 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Conrad Veidt with a victim number one The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 1920 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Conrad Veidt with a victim number two The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 1920 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Kraus and Veidt The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari number one 1920 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Krauss and Veidt The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari number two 1920 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Conrad Veidt as Cesare close up The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari 1920 color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Hitler Strikes Poses In Front Of A Mirror For Photographer Heinrich Hoffman Number 1 1925 by David Lee Guss

 

Hitler Strikes Poses In Front Of A Mirror For Photographer Heinrich Hoffman Number 2 1925 by David Lee Guss

 

Early Adolf Hitler Heinrich Hoffman photo c. 1921 oval frame color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Hitler Strikes Poses In Front Of A Mirror For Photographer Heinrich Hoffman Number 3 1925 by David Lee Guss

 

Conrad Veidt as Cesare The Cabinert of Dr Caligari 1920 color and framing added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Hitler strikes poses in front of a mirror for photographer Heinrich Hoffman number 4 1925 by David Lee Guss

 

Emil Jannings in title role in Faust publicity photo 1926 by David Lee Guss

 

Lotte Lenya as Jenny in The Threepenny Opera 1931 color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Lotte Lenya Berlin 1930 color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Bertold Brecht East Berlin 1954 by David Lee Guss

 

Lotte Lenya and husband Kurt Weill unknown date color added 2016 by David Lee Guss