Rudolf Busler

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Rudolf Busler was a German news photographer and cinematographer active from the 1950s to the 1970s.


In 1955 Busler's exuberant photograph of German boogie-woogie dancers in full swing,[1] shot with flash and blur from nearly floor-level, was included by Edward Steichen, with the work of ten other German photographers, for the Museum of Modern Art’s world-touring exhibition The Family of Man,[2] seen by 9 million visitors.[3] There is evidence that Steichen found Busler’s image at the Institut fur Bildjournalismus, a German photojournalism institute in Munich.[4]


Busler went on to become cinematographer[5][6] on documentaries and short features for screen and television. In 1967 he was behind the camera in Rome and Lazio in Italy filming the 45 minute black-and-white Film in Rom ('Cinema in Rome') directed by Alois Kolb. It screened in West Germany on 9 April 1967 by Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) and featured interviews with Italian directors and actors Marco Bellocchio, Marcello Mastroianni, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Romano Scavolini.

Busler was Director of Photography on the 1969 18-minute Freitag Morgen ('Friday morning'), directed by Peter Kölsch who also wrote the screenplay, showing a mother’s (Nora Pap) anxiety about her 12-year-old boy (Andy Pap) riding to school for the first time on his new bicycle, and the triumph of self-confidence that the adventure brings. For Susanne Fuhrmeister’s Der Schwarze ('The Black Man'), a 47 minute German 1974 psychological drama starring Rita Russek, Joost Siedhoff and Henry van Lyck, Busler was once again Director of Photography.


  1. ^ Knauer, W., & Jazz-Institut Darmstadt. (2002). Jazz und Gesellschaft: Sozialgeschichtliche Aspekte des Jazz ; eine Veröffentlichung des Jazz-Instituts Darmstadt. Hofheim: Wolke. p.22-23
  2. ^ Steichen, Edward; Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973, (organizer.); Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967, (writer of foreword.); Norman, Dorothy, 1905-1997, (writer of added text.); Lionni, Leo, 1910-1999, (book designer.); Mason, Jerry, (editor.); Stoller, Ezra, (photographer.); Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) (1955). The family of man : the photographic exhibition. Published for the Museum of Modern Art by Simon and Schuster in collaboration with the Maco Magazine Corporation.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Sarah E. James; A Post-Fascist Family of Man? Cold War Humanism, Democracy and Photography in Germany, Oxford Art Journal, Volume 35, Issue 3, 1 December 2012, Pages 315–336,
  4. ^ Kristen Gresh (2005) The European roots of The Family of Man , History of Photography, 29:4, 331-343, DOI: 10.1080/03087298.2005.10442815
  5. ^ Record at Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek[1]
  6. ^ Deutsches Bühnen-Jahrbuch, Volume 82 Druck und Kommission verlag F.A. Günther & Sohn, 1974 p.627