Karl Struss remains one of the bigger influences on my work as a photographer. Working in the pictorial genre of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and connected to the Photo Secession movement, the complex simplicity of his work is extraordinary in my eyes. He was also an inventor of sorts and developed the Struss Pictorial Lens that is very rare and sought after today. Later working as a Hollywood cinematographer, by the 50's ...he was relegated to B movies. Most notably "Creature from the Black Lagoon". But in 1927 he won an Oscar for cinematography on this film often considered the "silent Citizen Kane". Having heard of, but never seen it, I was pleased to find it on YouTube. It is without a doubt one of the most beautifully photographed films I've ever seen. It's in nine parts if you want to see the whole thing. I know... it's "silent", but give it a try and you'll soon forget. Enjoy!