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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.

 

Hitler and Goring plotting against the SA 1934 frame added by David Lee Guss

 

Hitler and Goring with unidentified officer circa 1940 screen capture 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Hitler and Goring Agfa color circa 1941 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Recruiting poster Division Herman Goring circa 1943 frame added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Aaron Siskind Peace Home Cooked meals Harlem New York City 1935 by David Lee Guss

 

Artie Shaw New York City circa 1940 by David Lee Guss

 

Benny Goodman circa 1936 color added 2008 by David Lee Guss

 

Chick Webb circa 1936 color added 2008 by David Lee Guss

 

Count Basie circa 1940 by David Lee Guss

 

Drummer Gene Krupa circa 1937 color and frame added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

John Gutmann warriors Harlem New York 1936 by David Lee Guss

 

Fats Waller Stormy Weather Set 1943-2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Fats Waller Circa 1943-2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Double Bill Louis Vs. Canera And Gorilla Ship Unknown Location 1935-2008 by David Lee Guss

 

Louis Canera fight June 25 1935 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Ticket to Louis Schmeling fight June 18 1936 by David Lee Guss

 

Louis Schmeling fight World Telegram photo Yankee Stadium New York City 1936 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Boxer Joe Lewis as Army private poster 1942 color and frame added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Scarface 1932 French revival unknown date by David Lee Guss

 

Al Pacino As Tony Montana With Machine Gun Blasting His Fellow Bad Guys Scarface 1983 by David Lee Guss

 

Neville Brand as Al Capone The Scarface Mob 1959 color and frames added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Rod Steiger in the title role in Al Capone Italian theatrical poster 1959 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Jason Robards as Al Capone theatrical poster The St. Valentines Day Massacre 1967 by David Lee Guss

 

Jason Robards as Al Capone Spanish theatrical poster The St. Valentines Day Massacre 1967 by David Lee Guss

 

Ben Gazarra British 4 sheet theatrical poster Capone 1975 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Sylvester Stallone Capone 1975 by David Lee Guss

 

Robert De Niro as Al Capone The Untouchables publicity photo 1987 by David Lee Guss

 

Video cover The Revenge of Al Capone with Ray Sharkey as Capone TV movie 1989 by David Lee Guss

 

Karpis Barker gang wanted poster 1931 color and frame added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Winnie Ruth Judd wanted poster Phoenix Arizona 1931 color added 2008 by David Lee Guss

 

Gold star mothers and widows WW1 armistice parade Tucson Arizona 1932 by David Lee Guss

 

Ma Barker Mother Of Several Criminal Sons Circa 1933-2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Lobby card Ma Barkers Killer Brood 1960, color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Alvin Karpis escorted to court for kidnapping St. Paul Minnesota 1936, color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Carolyn Jones Mickey Rooney Baby Face Nelson publicity photo 1957 color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Mickey Rooney Baby Face Nelson lobby card 1957 color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Charles Bronson as Kelly in Machine Gun Kelly publicity photo 1958 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Lee Harvey Oswald In An Official Mug Shot Dallas Police Department November 1963. color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Lee Harvey Oswalds 1940 6.5mm M91 38 bolt action Italian made Mannlicher-Carcano color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Bonnie Parker Aiming Rifle At Clyde Barrow 1932 Ford V-8 B-400 March 1934 by David Lee Guss

 

Bonnie And Clyde March 1933 1932 Ford V-8 B-400 Convertible Sedan 1933-2013 by David Lee Guss

 

Cigar smoking gun toting Bonnie Parker 1933 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Bonnie and Clyde with a car Clyde stole 1933 by David Lee Guss

 

Blanche Barrow Captured July 24 1933 Dexfield Park Missouri color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Bonnie and Clyde death car, south of Gibsland toward Sailes Louisiana, May 23, 1933-2013. by David Lee Guss

 

Bonnie And Clyde Poster 1967 Death Valley California 1968-2009 by David Lee Guss

 

John Dillinger Wanted Poster Circa 1933-2013 by David Lee Guss

 

John Dillinger Indiana State Prison Mug Shots 1924-2015 by David Lee Guss