BIOGRAPHY

THE ONE CAMERA   •   THE SINGLE VISION   •   THE ARTIST

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.”

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Recent Projects:

2019
6 new “Baby Books”. Zuma Foam: Photographs by Douglas Busch and poems by Florence Weinberger, Much Ado About Nothing: Notes in Passing, China Observations: Interested Indifference, Berlin: Dead Like You! Appropriated Berlin, Russia: Daybook/Russia, Porno Rocks: Suggestive Nature.Completes the 12-book series, available in Limited Edition Case with Print.

2019
Platinum Photographs, Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA

2019
Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen/Zephyr “smart as photography – be an artist today!” Exhibition and conference

2018
Axial Ethos, mixed media on canvas of appropriated images of the Holocaust

2015
Zuma Foam, portfolio with 11 images and poems by Florence Weinberger

2012
Publish Appropriated Berlin, St. Petersburg to Moscow, Porno Rocks, Scotland, China limited edition portfolios.

2010
Publish Limited Edition Silent Waves book of original photographs with stand

2009
Publish Limited Edition Book-original photographs Appropriated Berlin

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

2008
Produced a line of 100% Pure Silk 14 m/m Crepe de China scarves with hand rolled hems: Koi series and Silent Waves

2007
Edition Braus published 6 “Baby Books”, Silent Waves, Cruising Miami, Fallen Angels, Self Subject, Flesh As Canvas, and Vestiges. The final 6 books published in 2019.

2006
Founded the No Strings Foundation. Tim Wride executive director.

Simple to fund photographers. Annual grants and catalogues

2005
J. Paul Getty Museum: lecture on Roger Fenton photographic show

2003
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 ever changing 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

2019
Platinum Photographs, Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA

2016
Zuma Foam, Photographs by Douglas Busch and poems by Florence Weinberger

2012
Scene on the Street, Nazraeli Press book for Santa Barbara Museum of Art Exhibition

2009
Appropriated Berlin, Limited Edition of 10 (original photographs) & stand

2009
Street Portraits, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

2008
Silent Waves, Limited Edition of 10 (original photographs) and Custom Stand

2007
Silent Waves-Limited Edition-The Photo Department, Malibu, CA

2007
California Gardens-Wade Publishing, London England

2007
Cruising Miami-Braus Editions, Germany & Paper Mirror Press, Chicago, IL

2007
Vestiges-Braus Editions, Germany & Paper Mirror Press, Chicago, IL

2007
Flesh as Canvas-Braus Editions, Germany & Paper Mirror Press, Chicago, IL

2007
Fallen Angels-Braus Editions, Germany & Paper Mirror Press, Chicago, IL

2007
Self Subject-Braus Editions, Germany & Paper Mirror Press, Chicago, IL

2006
Italian Gardens-Braus Editions, Germany

2005
Retrospektive From Miami to Malibu-Braus Editions, Germany

2005
Vestiges-Douglas Busch-144 pages, 52 photographs in Duotone, 30 x 30 cm, Stuttgart 2005, Hardcover, English/French/German, ISBN: 3-89506-252-9

1994
Tides in Time-The Photo Department, Santa Monica, CA

1992
In Plain Sight-The Photo Department, Rockford, IL

Selected Photographs and Articles Published:

Photo News, Germany April 2019

Photo Eidolo, Greece

Fortune

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

HGTV Design Challenge 10 April 01

Robb Report March and April 2005

Western Interiors 2005

Selected Museum Collections:

Carnegie Museum of Art, Oxnard, CA

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 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