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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Important Information for Users of the Collection
  • Biography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Karl Struss photographs
    Date (inclusive): 1919-1930
    Collection number: 1110
    Creator: Struss, Karl
    Extent: 4.3 linear feet of photographs.
    Repository: Margaret Herrick Library. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
    Languages: English

    Important Information for Users of the Collection


    Available by appointment only.

    Publication rights

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the Margaret Herrick Library. Researchers are responsible for obtaining all necessary rights, licenses, or permissions from the appropriate companies or individuals before quoting from or publishing materials obtained from the library.

    Preferred Citation

    Karl Struss photographs, Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Karl Struss, 1977


    Karl Struss was an American cinematographer active in film from 1919 to 1959. He was one of the few still photographers of significance to make the transition to cinematographer. He was nominated for Academy Awards for cinematography for SUNRISE (1927), DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1932), THE SIGN OF THE CROSS (1932), and ALOMA OF THE SOUTH SEAS (1941). Struss, with Charles Rosher, received the first Oscar ever presented for cinematography for SUNRISE at the 1927/1928 Academy Awards. Struss made his final film in 1959, but continued to work in television and commercials until his retirement in 1972.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The Karl Struss photographs span the years 1919-1930 and encompass approximately 4.3 linear feet. The collection consists of 175 vintage, black-and-white photographic prints of film scenes and portraits. Many of the prints are mounted and signed by Struss.


    Arranged in the following series: 1. Biography photographs; 2. Motion picture production photographs; 2. Subject photographs.

    Indexing Terms

    Struss, Karl , 1886-1981--Archives.