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IntroductionBorn in Miami Beach in 1951, Douglas Busch now lives in Malibu, California. He calls his series of seascapes “Silent Waves”. In Silent Waves, Busch uses digital photography to capture quiet, sublime and dramatic moments of the eternal encounter between light and water. His images seem self-evident and natural, as if they had created themselves, with their meditative atmosphere. It is rare that we meet such pictures of nature, which are made with the most modern technical means, but that express at the same time such a “paintingly”, emotional quality. Busch’s photographs remind us of abstract paintings and they incorporate such intense “allure” because they translate “water” and “light” into sensual compositions of fragile colors.
“In the first part of 2003, Douglas Busch rented for a time a beach bungalow in Malibu with a sundeck extending over the surface of the sea. From then on, his sea images begin to move away from the type of photography in which the subject is easily recognisable, instead becoming increasingly abstract in nature until they end up as meditations on light and colour. He begins photographing the sea literally at every moment of the day and night, from the first light of dawn until the fading of the last traces of natural light in the evening, finally using searchlights to illuminate the water at night. (…)With their starkly reduced range of colours, the resulting pictures have little in common with photography in the generally accepted sense of the word. These monochrome studies lack anything like an identifiable content. We are now dealing with the play of light and colour in a visual space. Within these structures, it is still occasionally possible to make out individual waves or clouds. These almost serve further to heighten the impact of these images, as they comprise the only point of reference within them.
The ‘Waves’ are just as romantic as they are lucid.”Quotes: Thomas SchirmböckBio
1951 born in Miami Beach, FL 1973 Graduated University of Illinois with BFA in Art and got voted one of ten outstanding seniors. Moved to Carmel, CA, to become Morley Baer’s asstistant. Worked with Al Weber on workshops in Death Valley. During this period befriended Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, Brett Weston, Huntington Witherall, Imigene Cunningham, Minor White, Ralph Gibson and others. 1974 Moved to New York City; Scranton, PA; Boston, MA, to work with Chelsea Wholesale, Finley Departments as a diamond picker. Became assistant boutique buyer, before managing stores in Scranton. Continued photographing during this period 1975 Moved to Rockford, IL, to run family jewelry business 1981 Trip to four corners area 1982 Left family jewelry business. Founded deGolden Busch, Inc., which he ran as president. Designed all deGolden Busch SuperLarge™ format view cameras, FocuShield™ ground glass protectors, FilmLok™ filmholders, and archival washers. Obtained patents on products, all of original design 1983 Executive director for the Keith Photographic Foundation, founded by international photographer and columnist Simon Nathan. Responsible for organization of international traveling shows, discovery and requisition of new artwork, structuring and promotion of workshops. Was curator of a $750,000 collection of existing photographs in the permanent collection 1984 Publisher and executive editor of Viewpoint, the SuperLarge™ Format Newsletter, circulation of over 5,000. Delivered three lecture-seminars at the International “Photo-Expo" Convention in New York City on SuperLarge™ format instant imaging techniques for Kodak, Polaroid, and Agfa-Gevaert 1985 "Victor Colorado Landscapes" - eight 12" x 20" black and white contact prints in a limited edition portfolio of 25 sets. Thirteen continuous tone lithographs published and distributed by Jannes Art Publishing, Chicago, IL. Six limited edition collotypes in sets of 300 (signed and numbered) published by Black Box Photographics. Closed deGolden Busch Camera Co. Did photographic trip to four corners area with Carl Canfield 1986 "The Denver Photographic Project," exhibition and portfolio 1987 “Contrasts” - a photographic study of three communities in North Central Illinois. This exhibition traveled to five museums and ended at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, IL 1988 Smithsonian Institution acquired four Busch prints for collotype show- "Imperishable Beauty". Beginning of the shooting of “Societorial Nudes” 1989 “Societorial Nudes” Series consisting of seven walls measuring 9' x 16'. Each wall had twelve images measuring 30" x 50" sequenced together. Opened at the Busch Gallery and the Weiss-Morris Gallery, Rockford, IL 1990 510 East State Street, Rockford, IL. Restoration of historic registry from 1880, which was awarded best city remodel in 1990. Finished restoration of 12,000 Queen Ann Building in Rockford, IL, which became his studio, darkroom and living quarters. Started portrait project with Daniel Voll (play write) which incorporates interviews with photography 1991 Started Midwest Landscape Project. MFA work at University of Illionois 1992 "LA Overlook" - freeways of Los Angeles, exhibited at Steven Cohen Gallery, CA. MFA Degree at University of Illinois. Published "A Right of Passage" and "In Plain Sight" which was awarded "Best Book by a Small Publisher" 1994 Published "Tides in Time", a catalogue for the traveling show with the same name and worked on "Flesh as Canvas", a year long project photographing tattood people across America, sponsored by Eastman Kodak Co. CollectionsJ. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
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 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
United Banks of Colorado
St. Frances Hospital
The Best Company
Ziffren and Ziffren
Jannes Arts Publishing Co.
Liebovich Steel Corp.
Eastman Kodak Corp.
Cedar Sinai Hospital
Rodenstock Optical Corp.
City of Rockford
Denver Chamber of CommercePublicationsPhoto District News: No Strings Foundation
International Photo Techniques
Professional Photographers of America Technical Photography
N.Y. Times Art Review
New York Photo District News
British Journal of Photography Photographic Collector Magazine
Rockford Register Star
Die Rheinpfalz, Germany
Dernieres Nouvelles d'Alsace, Germany
Dernieres Nouvelles d'Alsace, France
Edenkobener Rundschau, Germany
Foto and Labor, Germany
Cucina Bella E Buona #76
Il Nouvo Bagno #27
HG TV Design Challenge 10 April 01
Robb Report March and April 2005
Western Interiors 2005Exhibitions
2006 Art Moscow, Russia May 2006 Silent Waves: Caprice Horn Gallery, Berlin, Germany Retrospective: Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA Vestiges: Vertretung des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz und der Europaischen Union, Berlin, Germany Vestiges: Mainz Museum, Germany Italian Gardens: Museum fuer Europaische Gartenbaukunst, Duesseldorf, Germany Vestiges: Landes Museum Koblenz, Festung Ehrenbreitstein, Germany 2005 Hack Museum, Retrospective Ludwigshafen, Germany Vestiges: Maison de l’Archeologie, Niederbronn-les-Bains, Frankreich, France Vestiges Buró Trifels, Annweiler am Trifels, Germany Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 2000 Focus Gallery, Carmel, CA 1999 Mannheim City Gallery, Mannheim, Germany Group V, Braunfeld, Germany 1998 Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, IA Group V, Braunfeld, Germany 1997 Photo Classics Gallery, Munich, Germany Lotus Gallery, Salzburg, Austria 1996 451 Gallery, Rockford, IL Borrone Gallery, Menlo Park, CA 1995 Fact Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA Linderman Gallery, Germany 1994 G.Ray Hawkins Gallery, Santa Monica, CA X-ibit Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 1992 Steven Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 1991 Earl McGrath Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 1990 Art Services, San Francisco, CA X-ibit Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 1989 James Madison University, Harrisionburg, VA continued City Hall, Rockford, IL Weiss-Morris Gallery, Rockford, IL Gallery Ten, Rockford, IL 1988 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 1987 Ida Public Library, Belvidere, IL Denver Chamber of Commerce, Denver, CO United Banks of Colorado, Denver, CO 1986 Florissant Valley College, St. Louis, MO Carson-Sapiro Gallery, Denver, CO Fermilabs, Chicago, IL A-Space Gallery, Madison, WI University of Maine, Portland, ME 1985 Burpee Art Museum, Rockford, IL Viterbo College, LaCrosse, WI 1984 Tracy Felix Gallery, Colorado Springs, CO Victor School of Photography, Victor, CO
2002 A Century of Photography, Cedar Rapids Art Museum, IA 2000 Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA 1989 Art in the Embassies, Washington, DC Busch Gallery, Rockford, IL 1988 Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC Art Institute, Chicago, IL 1987 Camera Obscura Gallery, Denver, CO 1986 US Department of State, Washington, DC The LLoyd Gallery, Spokane, WA The Architectural Center, Chicago, IL