Cooper C. Graham, Ph.D.

Books Published

Shooting the Great War, Albert Dawson and the American Correspondent Film Company 1914-1918
Ron van Dopperen and Cooper C. Graham
Charleston, SC: Create Space (2014)

In the early days of World War I, a secret film campaign was brought to the United States. In an effort to control public opinion in this important neutral country, German officials set up the American Correspondent Film Company. As a front man for this covert operation, photographer Albert K. Dawson was sent to Berlin. Dawson's camera covered the troops all the way from Flanders' mud to the gates of Przemysl, Poland. Based on many years of research, the authors have uncovered Dawson's fascinating life and work as a war photographer, as well as his films and the way his pictures were used by the German government for foreign propaganda. The story on Dawson allows us the unique opportunity to follow an American cameraman into the trenches of Armageddon - the Great War.

240 pages, ISBN-10: 1490944664
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American Cinematographers in the Great War 1914-1918
James W. Castellan, Ron van Dopperen, and Cooper C. Graham
Herts, UK: Libbey Press (2014)

At the start of hostilities in World War I, when the United States was still neutral, American newsreel companies and newspapers sent a new kind of journalist, the film correspondent, to Europe to record the Great War. These pioneering cameramen, accustomed to carrying the Kodaks and Graflexes of still photography, had to lug cumbersome equipment into the trenches. Facing dangerous conditions on the front, they also risked summary execution as supposed spies while navigating military red tape, censorship, and the business interests of the film and newspaper companies they represented. Based on extensive research in European and American archives, American Cinematographers in the Great War, 19141918 follows the adventures of these cameramen as they managed to document and film the atrocities around them in spite of enormous difficulties.

340 pages, ISBN-10: 0861967178
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Leni Riefenstahl and Olympia (Filmmakers Series)
Cooper C. Graham
Scarecrow Press (2002)

Cooper C. Graham relates the film's subsequent history against the background of the worsening political situation in Europe. The events leading up to World War II were to have a profound effect on the future of the film. Aside from the political issues, the book describes the fascinating story of the making of an epic film.

340 pages, ISBN-10: 081083961X
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The Griffith Project. Volume 1: Films Produced 1907-1908.
Eileen Bowser, Cooper C. Graham, Tom Gunning, and others
University of California Press, British Film Institute(2000)

No other silent film director has been so extensively studied as D. W. Griffith. However, only a small group of his more than 500 films has been the subject of a systematic analysis and the vast majority of his other works still awaits proper examination. For the first time in film studies, the complete creative output of Griffith--from Professional Jealousy (1907) to The Struggle (1931)--will be explored in this multi-volume collection of contributions from an international team of leading scholars in the field.

188 pages, ISBN   978-0-85170-747-1, Available at

D.W. Griffith and the Biograph Company (Filmmakers Series)
Cooper C. Graham
The Scarecrow Press (1985)

ISBN-10: 081081806X 0
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A Historical and Aesthetic Analysis of Leni Riefenstahl's "Olympia"
Cooper C. Graham
University Microfilms International (1984)


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