Description Surprisingly there is little about Jerry Rubin on the internet. Rubin, along with Dr. Timothy Leary, was one of the more charismatic leaders of the counter culture movement in the late 1960's and early 1970's. Surely I'll never again witness a scene like this in my lifetime. At a park in Tucson, Arizona, Rubin was urging the listeners to kill their parents and/or rob banks. Despite the numerous roars of approval, there is no record of any in the crowd taking his impassioned advice. Rubin made appearances at both the 1968 and 1972 Democratic National Conventions. I tried to photograph him at the '72 Convention but he was completely surrounded by the press. With the end of the Viet Nam War in early 1973, few cared about him any more. The same for his associate Abby Hoffman, who committed suicide. Jerry, in turn, turned in his tie dye for a business suit and became a very successful broker on Wall Street. But ever the anarchist, Jerry was killed by a car in Los Angeles when he was jay walking.W. Eugene Smith did some documentation of the flower children as he went to Woodstock. This shot of Rubin has that film noir quality so prevalent in Gene's best images.@2009 David Lee Guss Jerry Rubin 1, Tucson, Arizona, 1970-2008
David Lee Guss, Caaa Grande, Arizona Member Since November 2009 Artist Statement 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 and ran for four years the first film society on campus. 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: http://aao.lib.asu.edu/ViewRecordFrame.jsp?record=0000001158
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.