I am interested in presenting reality more accurately than I can actually see it. On one level, my work is about a certain density. There is more to see than we can actually see.

Busch’s large format black and white photographs, ranging from 8″x10″ to 40″x60″ (shot with the world’s largest portable camera, designed and built by the artist himself), present images of great beauty and irony, great subtlety and elegance. In Busch’s photographs, “actuality is not abbreviated but opened into the world, not merely documented but discovered,” states Dr. Donald Bartlett Doe, Director of the Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, KS. Busch’s vision and personal sensibilities enable him to capture the monumental in the ordinary, to inform the details of everyday life with sensitivity and clarity.

Robert J. Evans, Director of the Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA, notes, “Busch’s combination of technical perfection and personal poetic sensitivity is truly overwhelming. His intense, aesthetic vision combines with his outstanding craftsmanship to produce strong works, simple and direct, yet redolent of the great artistic tradition that preceded him. There is a deeper mood and a quality of light washing through the cityscapes distinct in feeling from what we can see in most American imagery. Busch’s sensibility shines through always, creating harmonies that delight the eye.”

Busch’s technical ability is widely acknowledged and respected. His work has been published in virtually every international photographic magazine. Jannes Art Publishing of Chicago, IL writes, “Mr. Busch will become, within the next few years, one of the world’s outstanding and most noteworthy black and white photographers. The technical caliber of his work is superb, his vision exciting and strong.” Numerous publications have cited Busch’s technical expertise in inventing and building photographic equipment for large format photography.

Al Weber comments, “Busch’s genius is his ability to combine his artistic talent with an uncanny technical expertise in a way which has placed him in a unique position within the international photographic field. By those who are familiar with his work, he is considered one of the most talented and accomplished large format black and white photographers anywhere.”


Recent Projects:

Publish “Appropriated Berlin”, St. Petersburg to Moscow”, “Porno Rocks”, “Scotland”, “China” limited edition portfolios.

Publish Limited Edition “Silent Waves” book of original photographs with stand

Publish Limited Edition Book-original photographs “Appropriated Berlin”

Executive Director for artHAUS; 25 artist show in Venice, California

Produced a line of 100% Pure Silk 14 m/m Crepe de China scarves with hand rolled hems: Koi series and Silent Waves

Edition Braus published 6 “Baby Books”, Silent Waves, Cruising Miami, Fallen Angels, Self Subject, Flesh as Canvas, and Vestiges. The final 6 books are to be published in 2009

Founded the No Strings Foundation. Tim Wride executive director.

Simple to fund photographers. Annual grants and catalogues

J. Paul Getty Museum: lecture on Roger Fenton photographic show

“Silent Waves” – Digital images of beach, waves and sky. Colored grits and single prints mounted between aluminum and plexiglass responding to the emotion of color in an abstract sense. A compilation of a summer living on the everchanging Livingston Beach in Southern California.

2003 – 2004
“Italian Gardens” – A series of images taken in the spring and summer of 2003 of eleven privately owned gardens in Italy. Among them La Mortella (Ischia), Il Biviere (Sicily) and Villa Reale in Marlia, originally laid out by Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister in the English style.

2002 – 2003
“Digital Nudes” – Digital images of the human form in motion. 1999-2001 “Vestiges” – International traveling show with accompanying book and portfolio of albumen prints. French and German castle ruins from the 11th to the 13th century juxtaposed against images of the Anasazi ruins in the Southwest of the United States.

This series shows the similarities and differences of the cultures living on both sides of the Atlantic.

Books Published

Nazraeli Press book for Santa Barbara Museum of Art Exhibition

Appropriated Berlin, Limited Editon of 10 (original photographs) & stand Street Portraits, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

Silent Waves, Limited Edition of 10 (original photographs) and Custom Stand

Silent Waves-Limited Edition-The Photo Department, Malibu, CA

California Gardens-Wade Publishing, London England

Cruising Miami, Braus Editions, Germany & Paper Mirror Press, Chicago, IL

Vestiges, Braus Editions, Germany & Paper Mirror Press, Chicago, IL

Flash as Canvas, Braus Editions, Germany & Paper Mirror Press, Chicago, IL

Fallen Angels, Braus Editions, Germany & Paper Mirror Press, Chicago, IL

Self Subject, Braus Editions, Germany & Paper Mirror Press, Chicago, IL

Italian Gardens-Braus Editions, Germany

Retrospective From Miami to Malibu-Braus Editions, Germany

Vestiges-Douglas Busch-144 pages , 52 photographs in Duotone, 30 x 30 cm,

Stuttgart 2005, Hardcover, English/French/German, ISBN: 3-89506-252-9

Tides in Time-The Photo Department, Santa Monica, CA

In Plain Sight-The Photo Department, Rockford, IL

Selected Photographs and Articles Published:

Photo Eidolo, Greece


Photo District News: No Strings Foundation

International Photo Techniques

Camera Arts

Modern Photography

Photo Vision

Professional Photographers of America Technical Photography

N.Y. Times Art Review

Chicago Tribune

New York Photo District News

British Journal of Photography Photographic Collector Magazine

Popular Photography

Black and White Magazine

Rockford Magazine

Janesville Gazette

Rockford Register Star

Die Rheinpfalz, Germany

Dernieres Nouvelles d’Alsace, Germany

Dernieres Nouvelles d’Alsace, France

Edenkobener Rundschau, Germany

Foto and Labor, Germany

Darkroom Photography

Photo Vision

Cucina Bella E Buona #76

Il Nouvo Bagno #27

HG TV Design Challenge 10 April 01

Robb Report March and April 2005

Western Interiors 200

Selected Museum Collections:

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

International Museum, Duesseldorf, Germany

Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany

Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta, Georgia

Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Illinois State Museum, Art-in-Architecture

Illinois State Library

Rockford Art Museum

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

Denver Art Museum

Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art

Grinnel College Art Museum

Danforth Museum of Art

George Eastman House

Portland Museum of Art

University of California, Santa Cruz

Selected One-Man Exhibitions:

Santa Barbara Museum of Art “Scene on the Street”

“Water”, Gallery 169, Santa Monica, CA

Museum der stadt Dresden, Germany date postponed to 2013

Deutscher Internisten Kongress, Wetzler, Germany

Lumas Gallery, Berlin, Germany September 2007

Art Moscow, Russia May 2006

Silent Waves: Caprice Horn Gallery, Berlin, Germany May 2006

Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Vestiges: Vertretung des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz und der Europaischen Union, Berlin, Germany December 2006

Vestiges: Mainz Museum, Germany December 2006

Italian Gardens: Museum fuer Europaische Gartenbaukunst, Duesseldorf, Germany, May 2006 A book will acompany the traveling show

Vestiges: Landes Museum Koblenz, Festung Ehrenbreitstein, Germany April 2006

Hack Museum, Retrospective Ludwigshafen, Germany

Vestiges: Maison de l’Archeologie, Niederbronn-les-Bains, Frankreich, France October 2005

Vestiges Buró Trifels, Annweiler am Trifels, Germany September 2005

Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Focus Gallery, Carmel, CA

Mannheim City Gallery, Mannheim, Germany

Group V, Braunfeld, Germany

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, IA

Group V, Braunfeld, Germany

Photo Classics Gallery, Munich, Germany

Lotus Gallery, Salzburg, Austria

451 Gallery, Rockford, IL

Borrone Gallery, Menlo Park, CA

Fact Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

Linderman Gallery, Germany

G.Ray Hawkins Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

X-ibit Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Steven Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Earl McGrath Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Art Services, San Francisco, CA

X-ibit Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

James Madison University, Harrisionburg, VA

continued City Hall, Rockford, IL

Weiss-Morris Gallery, Rockford, IL

Gallery Ten, Rockford, IL

Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL

Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL

Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL

Union League Club, Chicago, IL

J.R. Kortman Gallery, Rockford, IL

Ida Public Library, Belvidere, IL

Denver Chamber of Commerce, Denver, CO

United Banks of Colorado, Denver, CO

Florissant Valley College, St. Louis, MO

Carson-Sapiro Gallery, Denver, CO

Fermilabs, Chicago, IL

A-Space Gallery, Madison, WI

University of Maine, Portland, ME

Burpee Art Museum, Rockford, IL

Viterbo College, LaCrosse, WI

Tracy Felix Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO

Victor School of Photography, Victor, CO

Selected Group Shows:

Heavenly Bodies, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

The Vernon Collection – Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Through the Ages: 100 years of RAM, Rockford Museum of Art, Rockford, Illinois

“Horizons”-Lumas Galleries- Hamburg, Germany, Stuttgart, Germany, and Paris, France

Tarryn Teresa Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

artHAUS 2009, Dogtown Station, Venice, CA

University of Indiana, Bloomington, IN

Breaking the Waves, Rustic Canyon, CA

A Century of Photography, Cedar Rapids Art Museum, IA

Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA

Art in the Embassies, Washington, DC

Busch Gallery, Rockford, IL

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Art Institute, Chicago, IL

Camera Obscura Gallery, Denver, CO

US Department of State, Washington, DC

The LLoyd Gallery, Spokane, WA

The Architectural Center, Chicago, IL

Selected Corporate Collections:

Irvine Corporation

McDonalds Corp.

Seven Jeans

United Banks of Colorado

St. Frances Hospital

The Best Company

Ziffren and Ziffren

General Litho

Jannes Arts Publishing Co.

Liebovich Steel Corp.

Eastman Kodak Corp.

Cedar Sinai Hospital

Polaroid Corp.

Rodenstock Optical Corp.

City of Rockford

Denver Chamber of Commerce

City Club-Atlanta, Georgia

YWCA Los Angeles education building