Description Here is a White Mountain Apache cowboy, Morning Glory, looking like a prize fighter who had ended up too often on the canvas . This is another from my White River, Labor Day rodeo series. I met Ernst Haas (1921-1986) in 1968 at the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Rodeo. He reminded me of a surgeon asking for different instruments while performing an operation. Haas politely asked his assistant for a camera with a particular lens from an assortment of cameras containing either black and white or color film. An image he took, while standing next to me, made the July 2nd, 1971 front cover of Life magazine. It ceased being a weekly in December of the following year. Look magazine, which had been launched in 1937 only months after Life, had folded in 1971. Both were victims of rising postal rates and the loss of advertising revenue due to TV.Look's photo collection of six million items was donated to the Library of Congress. From 1946 to 1951 Stanley Kubrick has been a Look photographer. Of his more than 300 assignments, 100 are in the Library of Congress.NOTE: An archival, limited edition, signed matte C-print can be purchased at my eBay gallery store:stores.ebay.com/David-Lee-Guss-rare-photos-gallery__W0QQ_...@2009 David Lee Guss Morning glory, Apache cowboy, White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation, White River, Arizona, 1969-2008
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.