Glenn Busch

Auckland, New Zealand, b. 1948

Glenn Busch was initially drawn to photography through its biographical and documentary possibilities. In 1973, he had his first exhibition and founded Auckland’s first contemporary photography gallery. As a senior lecturer at the University of Canterbury’s School of Fine Arts, Busch  directs the ongoing Christchurch social documentary project A Place in Time, which forms  the basis of a digital archive held in the University of Canterbury’s collections. Busch’s photographs, like those of his sometime collaborator Bruce Connew, are firmly entrenched in the social realist tradition of Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans. Work is a common theme, as are the personalised environments of workplace and home as reflections of the people who inhabit them. These works  are straightforward, as frankly direct as the gaze of his subjects, and are as much examples of photojournalism as they are art.

Auction Results

Mat King: Working Men, Christchurch Gas Works, 1981


gelatin silver print

230mm x 230mm

Achieved $2,345.00

untitled, 1974 (from the Marylands portfolio)


gelatin silver print, edition 3/10

270mm x 270mm

Achieved $820.75

Charlie Roughton; Foreman, Metal Foundry (Wellington, 1982)


gelatin silver print

190mm x 190mm

Achieved $1,501.56

Man with a transistor radio, Auckland


gelatin silver print

186mm x 126mm

Achieved $840.88


c. 1973-4

gelatin silver print

170mm x 170mm

Achieved $600.63