Karl Struss

Director of photography, Still photographer, Cameraman
Began his career as a commercial photographer and entered film in 1919, serving a three-year stint as cameraman for Cecil B. DeMille. Struss then went freelance and gained renown for his work on "Ben Hur" (1926) ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1886 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (28)

Counterplot 1958 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Here Come the Jets 1958 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Alligator People 1958 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Fly 1958 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Rebel Set 1958 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Attila 1957 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Kronos 1957 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Machete 1957 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Deerslayer 1957 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Limelight 1953 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Bring on the Girls 1944 (Movie)

(Photography)

Aloma of the South Seas 1940 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Caught in the Draft 1940 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Great Dictator 1940 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Island of Lost Men 1938 (Movie)

(Photography)

Some Like It Hot 1938 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Every Day's a Holiday 1937 (Movie)

(Photography)

Thanks For the Memory 1937 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Waikiki Wedding 1936 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Go West, Young Man 1935 (Movie)

(Photography)

Belle of the Nineties 1933 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Island of Lost Souls 1932 (Movie)

(Photography)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1931 (Movie)

(Photography)

Lady of the Pavements 1929 (Movie)

(Photography)

Coquette 1928 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Sunrise 1926 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Sparrows 1925 (Movie)

(Photography)

The Affairs of Anatol 1921 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Biography

Began his career as a commercial photographer and entered film in 1919, serving a three-year stint as cameraman for Cecil B. DeMille. Struss then went freelance and gained renown for his work on "Ben Hur" (1926), particularly in his use of filters to effect visual transformations--a technique he repeated to great effect in "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1932).

Struss received widespread recognition for his collaboration with Charles Rosher on F. W. Murnau's "Sunrise" (1927) and, following several collaborations with D.W. Griffith, began a fruitful 18-year association with Paramount. Other memorable work includes his contributions to the atmospheric thriller, "Island of Lost Souls" (1932) and Charlie Chaplin's "Limelight" (1952).

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York , New York
evening classes; studied four years

DeWitt Clinton High School

New York , New York
graduated

Milestones

1959

Last film prior to retirement, "The Rebel Set"

1920

First film as co-cinematographer, "Something to Think About"

1919

Went to Hollywood; hired by Cecil B. DeMille

1914

Took over Clarence H. White's Photography Studio where he developed the Struss-Lens which provided a diffused, soft-focus look

1914

Set up own photographic studio in Manhattan; shot portratis and advertisements

Worked at father's bonnet-wire manufacturing plant while studying photography

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