Raised in New York and educated in the art of photography by Clarence White and Alfred Stieglitz, Karl Struss enjoyed critical success as a photographer before choosing to move to California in 1919 to start a second career in film. In addition to making publicity portraits of celebrities, he began working with director Cecil B. DeMille as a cinematographer. Struss served as the lead cameraman in many early silent films, including the epic drama Ben-Hur (1925). He was instrumental in establishing cinematography as a new field and during a career that lasted more than fifty years he worked on more than 140 movies. While Struss was largely focused on cinematography, he still devoted time to fine art photography in California, where he befriended Edward Weston, the creator of this 1923 platinum print.