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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.

 

Former President Woodrow Wilson and his wife 4x5 glass negative Natl Photo Co 1923 by David Lee Guss

 

The Birth of a Nation theatrical poster 1915 by David Lee Guss

 

KKK riders screen capture The Birth of a Nation 1915-2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Ku Klux Klan marching Pennsylvania Ave. number one Washington D.C. August 18 1925 color added 2014 by David Lee Guss

 

Ku Klux Klan marching Pennsylvania Ave. number two Washington D.C. August 18 1925 color added 2014 by David Lee Guss

 

Mayor Benjamin Stapelton leads KKK march downtown Denver Colorado 1923 number one by David Lee Guss

 

Mayor Benjamin Stapelton leads KKK march downtown Denver Colorado 1923 number two color and frames by David Lee Guss

 

KKK march unknown location circa 1925 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

KKK gathering unknown location 1922 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

KKK wedding June 16 1926 color added 2014 by David Lee Guss

 

Baptist church and KKK unknown dare or location. by David Lee Guss

 

KKK march Pennsylvania Avenue Washington DC 1928 color added 2014 by David Lee Guss

 

Kkk Services Capital Horse Show Grounds National Photo Co. Arlington Virginia August 9 1925-2014 by David Lee Guss

 

KKK initiation ceremony circa 1925 unknown location color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

KKK couple unknown date or location color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Vintage KKK rally unknown location circa 1924 color added 2014 by David Lee Guss

 

KKK procession Festival of Britain Battersee Park London 1951 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

KKK meeting 8x10 glass negative National Photo Co Washington DC june 28 1922 color added 2014 by David Lee Guss

 

Lenin and Trotsky Sverdlov Square Moscow 1920 by David Lee Guss

 

Lenin and Stalin circa 1923 color and drawing added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Film Homage Rudolph Valentino The Shiek 1921 Collage Color Added 2008 by David Lee Guss

 

Shipwrecked Among Cannibals The Leader Theater Washington DC 1920 color added 2010 by David Lee Guss

 

Film Homage Victor Fleming Douglas Fairbanks The Mollycoddle 1920 Hopi Indians Collage 2012 by David Lee Guss

 

Film Homage Douglas Fairbanks The Mark Of Zorro 1920 The Leader Theater Washington D.c. 1920-2010 by David Lee Guss

 

Film Homage The Air Mail Leader Theater Washington D.c. 1925-2010 by David Lee Guss

 

Death Of General Francisco Villa At Parral Chihuahua 1923 Dodge July 20 1923-2009 by David Lee Guss

 

Ben Hur chariot race photographed by two cinematographers 1925 by David Lee Guss

 

Mother cat and kitten holding up traffic unknown locale circa 1925 color and frames added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Young men pretending to be moving in an auto Ohio 1925 color and frame added 2012 by David Lee Guss

 

Sheep herder Arthur Rothstein FSA Natrona County Wyoming May 1936 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Early Adolf Hitler number one circa 1923 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Early Adolf Hitler number two circa 1924 Marsfeld Munich Bavaria color and drawing added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Early Adolf Hitler number three circa 1924 color and frame added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Hitler with pet Blondi circa 1 frame added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Hitler close up portrait circa 1928 color and frames added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Hitler portrait circa 1928 color and frame added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Hitler saluting circa 1933 color added 2008 by David Lee Guss

 

Hitler giving Nazi salute number one Nazi Party Congress Church of Our Lady Nuremberg Germany 1934 by David Lee Guss

 

Hitler giving Nazi salute number two Party Congress Church of Our Lady Nuremberg Germany 1934 by David Lee Guss

 

Hitler giving Nazi salute during a broadcast speech Nuremberg Germany 1934 color and frames added by David Lee Guss

 

Hitler and Italian Count Ciano Chancellory Berlin 1939 by David Lee Guss

 

Hitler giving Nazi salute number one Breslau Poland July 1938 color and frames added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Hitler giving Nazi salute number two Breslau Poland July 1938 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Honoring Hitlers 50th birthday Berlin 1939 color and vignette added 2013 by David Lee Guss

 

Adolf Hitler With A Mercedes Shortly After His Release From Prison 1924 - 2012. by David Lee Guss

 

Charles Lindberg Spirit of St. Louis Roosevelt Field May 20 1927 day of his historic flight by David Lee Guss

 

Charles Lindberg Spirit of St. Louis 1927 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Charles Lindbergh 1930 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss