Scene on the Street.
Photographs by Doug Busch.
Nazraeli Press, Portland, 2012. 56 pp., 26 duotone illustrations, 11x8".
Doug Busch's large format black-and-white photographs, taken with a variety of oversized cameras that the artist designs and builds himself, are images of great subtlety and irony. Through a combination of Busch's photographic sensibility and impeccable technique, the ordinary is raised to a monumental scale. In the artist’s words, “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.” The handsome new monograph “Scene on the Street” is published to accompany an exhibition of the artist’s work at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. The street scenes presented in the book and exhibition open our eyes to the beauty and subtlety of the everyday. The images focus primarily on the 1980s and 1990s, as Busch lived and moved about from Denver to Chicago, Atlanta, and other cities. Doug Busch’s work is widely exhibited and collected, and can be found in the permanent collections of such institutions as the J. Paul Getty Museum; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The George Eastman House; and the Denver Art Museum.