Douglas Busch (born 1951) is an American photographer, inventor, teacher, and architectural designer known for his large-scale negatives and cameras producing some of the world’s largest “photographic Contact prints.” His work encompassed an array of subjects, including landscapes, cityscapes, nudes, portraits, and color work with the wave series “Silent Waves.” Busch’s architectural work has been published around the world along with his drought tolerant landscape designs. He has developed healthy housing systems and vertical herb and vegetable production systems.
Busch was born in Miami Beach, Florida to Jewish parents William Goldworn and Enid Gottlieb Goldworn. They divorced when he was 1 year old. His mother remarried Dr. Donald Busch who adopted Douglas and they moved to Rockford, Illinois where he finished Bloom grade school, Lincoln junior high, and Guilford high school. He was on the High School newspaper staff as a photographer his junior and senior years. He grew up with a sister and a brother. Busch enrolled at the University of Illinois and majored in Cinematography, Photography, and Graphic Design. He took part in the newly created Independent Study program at the University. He was president of the photo-cine co-op.