Karl Struss, American 1886-1981. At the age of 17, Karl Struss left his father's bonnet-wire factory to pursue his interest in photography. He studied with his mentor, Clarence White from 1908 to 1912 at Columbia University. Discovered by Alfred Stieglitz who published eight photogravures by Karl Struss in the April 1912 issue of Camera Work, and in that same year Karl Struss became a member of Stieglitz's Photo-Secession. Karl Struss was one of the first photographers to use modernist compositions in his pictorialist photographs. Some of his images appeared in Vogue and Vanity Fair magazine. After WWI, he traveled to Hollywood to fulfill his dream of becoming a cinematographer. Although Karl Struss's career in film seems to surpass his still photography, he is still remembered today as a talented artist whose work can be found in collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art and in many other museums and collections throughout the world.