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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.

 

Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles California postcard c. 1933 frame added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Winners in a drawing of the Mickey Mouse Club Fox Tucson Theater Tucson AZ c.1931-1932 color added by David Lee Guss

 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs number one Benson Theater Benson Arizona 1967 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs number two Benson Theater Benson Arizona 1967 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Olga Chekhova a favorite actress of Adolf Hitler in Alfred Hitchcocks Mary 1931 by David Lee Guss

 

Olga Chekhova a favorite actress of Adolf Hitler in a German publicity photo c.1942 by David Lee Guss

 

Film Homage Greta Garbo Gosta Berling 1924 Collage Color Added 2008 by David Lee Guss

 

Greta Garbo Publicity Photo By Ruth Louise Harriet The Devine Woman 1928 by David Lee Guss

 

Greta Garbo Robert Taylor Camille 1936 color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Greta Garbo Mgm Publicity Photo C.1930 Hand colored by David Lee Guss

 

General store post office medium format negative by John Vachon FSA Little Creek Delaware July 1938 by David Lee Guss

 

Drought refugees in pursuit of crops for harvesting California Dorothea Lange FSA photo August 1938 by David Lee Guss

 

Threshing wheat Dorothea Lange FSA photo Clayton Indiana July 1936 color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Funeral Cortege Dorothea Lange FSA photo end of an era in a small valley town California 1938 by David Lee Guss

 

Rio Grande Homage 1950 Gas Station And Vehicle C.1935-2009 by David Lee Guss

 

Rex Theater For Colored People number one Leland Mississippi June 1937-2015 by David Lee Guss

 

TV camera used in the telecast of the Olympic games, Berlin, 1936, screen capture 2015. by David Lee Guss

 

Rex Theater For Colored People number two Leland Mississippi June 1937-2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Film Homage Assassin Of Youth 1937 John Vachon Omaha Nebraska 1937-2010 by David Lee Guss

 

Mill district medium format Jack Delano photo FSA Pittsburg PA January 1940 by David Lee Guss

 

Dust bowl cloud number one unknown photographer or location circa 1936 color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Dust bowl cloud number two unknown photographer or location circa 1936 by David Lee Guss

 

German American Bund march New York City October 30 1939 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Youth group parade of the German American Bund Long Island New York 1936 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Hitler and Ernst Rohm Nuremberg Rally 1933 by David Lee Guss

 

Hitler holding banner Nuremberg rally Heinrich Hoffman photo 1933 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Hitler Himmler and Lutze mass rally Nuremberg 1935 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Poster for rally in Nuremberg Germany 1935 color and frames added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Nazi rally in the Cathedral of Light Nuremberg 1937 by David Lee Guss

 

Hitler and Julius Streicher at a rally screen capture circa 1940 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

50 thousand students gather Tokyo Japan circa 1938 frames added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Hitler with a child 1937 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Hitler youth with drums unknown location circa 1934 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

The German-American Bund of New Jersey 1938 color added by David Lee Guss

 

German American Bund rally Chicago Illinois circa 1938 color and frames added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Rally of the pro Nazi German American Bund number one Madison Square Garden New York City 1939 by David Lee Guss

 

Rally of the pro Nazi German American Bund number two Madison Square Garden New York 1939 by David Lee Guss

 

German-american Bund Rally Andover Township New Jersey 1938-2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Albert Einstein portrait Berlin Germany 1921 color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Einstein on the beach Kodachrome unknown photographer circa 1936 color and frames added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Miniature used in The Hindenburg 1975 soundstage Old Tucson, Arizona 1984 by David Lee Guss

 

Fairchild Zeppelin over Manhattan New York City 1931 color and frames added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

The Hindenburg disaster number two Lakehurst New Jersey May 6 1937 color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

The Hindenburg disaster number three Lakehurst New Jersey May 6 1937 color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

Hindenburg Wreckage Lakehurst New Jersey May 1937 color added 2015 by David Lee Guss

 

The Hindenburg dead Berlin Germany 1937 color added 2016 by David Lee Guss

 

Defaced Jewish Shop Berlin Germany circa 1934 by David Lee Guss

 

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