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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.

 

Charles Lindbergh 1930 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

John Barrymore circa 1927 color added 2012 by David Lee Guss

 

F. Scott Fitzgerald Circa 1925 by David Lee Guss

 

Tom Mix theatrical poster Hard Boiled 1926 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Tom Mix theatrical poster Flaming Guns 1932 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Tom Mix Portrait Melbourne Spurr Hollywood California C.1925-2013 by David Lee Guss

 

Tom Mix Portrait C.1925 color added 2013 by David Lee Guss

 

Completely Restored Tom Mix Death Car 1937 812 Cord Supercharged Phaeton by David Lee Guss

 

Box Beiderbecke 1924 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Louise Brooks White Studio Photo 1920-2008 by David Lee Guss

 

Louise Brooks with pearls Eugene Robert Richee photo 1928 color and frame added 2012 by David Lee Guss

 

Louise Brooks as a flapper 1929 color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Louise Brooks Nude Circa 1928-2008 by David Lee Guss

 

Harry Langdon The Strong Man 1926-2013 by David Lee Guss

 

Josephine Baker Lucien Walery Banana Skirt from the Folies Bergere production Un Vent de Folie by David Lee Guss

 

Metropolis theatrical poster 1927 by David Lee Guss

 

Fritz lang directing extras reaching for Brigitte Helm in Metropolis 1927 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Brigitte Helm Alraune theatrical poster 1929 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Cabaret theatrical poster Liza Minnelli 1972 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Springtime for Hitler number from The Producers 1968 by David Lee Guss

 

Cabaret Foreign theatrical poster number one 1972 by David Lee Guss

 

Joel Grey and the Kit Kat girls Cabaret 1972 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Distorted Reflection of Joel Gray Cabaret 1972 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Cabaret Foreign theatrical poster number two 1972 by David Lee Guss

 

Marlene Dietrich Anna May Wong Leni Riefenstahl Berlin 1930 by David Lee Guss

 

Anna May Wong George Hurrell photo circa 1932 by David Lee Guss

 

Albert Einstein Charlie Chaplin opening night City Lights Los Angeles CA January 31 '31 color added by David Lee Guss

 

Duke Ellington circa 1930 color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

The Woman Men Yearn For Marlene Dietrich silent film 1929 color and drawing added 2011 by David Lee Guss

 

Emil Jannings The Last Command 1928 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

The Blue Angel theatrical poster 1930 by David Lee Guss

 

Marlene Dietrich as Lola in The Blue Angel 1930 color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Marlene Dietrich number one Morocco 1930 color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Marlene Dietrich number two Morocco 1930 by David Lee Guss

 

Marlene Dietrich number three Morocco 1930 by David Lee Guss

 

Marlene Dietrich number four Eugene Robert Richee photo Morocco 1930 color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Gary Cooper Morocco 1930 color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Marlene Dietrich in military uniform while entertaining the troops in Europe circa 1944 color added by David Lee Guss

 

Marlene Dietrich camped out behind enemy lines during the winter of 1944-194 by David Lee Guss

 

Marlene Dietrich kissing soldier returning from WW2 1945 by David Lee Guss

 

Hitler signing an autograph while wearing automotive headgear circa 1933 color and frames added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Adolf Hitler profile studio portrait 1934 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Candid look at Hitler in an outdoor cafe setting Berlin 1929 by David Lee Guss

 

The American Boy magazine cover December 1930 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Hitler Youth celebrating the Summer Solstice 1937 color added 2016. by David Lee Guss

 

Tightening a bolt on the Empire State Building New York City 1931 by David Lee Guss

 

Stone looking south streetcar Harry Herz downtown Tucson Arizona c. 1930 color and frame added 2008 by David Lee Guss

 

The Big Trail Marquee Christmas Fox Tucson Theater 1930 color added 2013 by David Lee Guss