Photographer, Norman Bush, pauses for a photo with family in front of his piece, Malcolm Live, during the filming of a documentary about his work. Pictured (L-R): Ed Dessisso, Dr. Hector Bush, Mrs. Myrna Bush, Norman Bush, and Kevin Sipp.
ATLANTA – An eclectic selection of art connoisseurs gathered in Atlanta last week as filming kicked off for a documentary about the unique artistry of Norman Bush, a pioneering street photographer who creates art by photographing bill postings on city walls and images of street scenes that relate historic events and powerful movements. Entitled, Norman Bush: Post No Bills, the taping took place during a special exhibit and conversation about his extensive photography collection.
“Long before Facebook, Instagram or even the Internet, people used the walls of New York City buildings to post announcements and social justice messages,” said Norman Bush: Post No Bills director Ed Dessisso. “We hope to convey how Norman captured the moment that time, weather and the human need to communicate transformed into a torn and tattered third dimension with the texture and qualities of street art.”
Norman Bush’s photographs transport audiences through the streets of New York City for over more than a half-century. The atmospherically developed art is created from photographs of frayed pieces of posted notices and playbills plastered on buildings throughout the city. It documents “bill posting” as the pre-digital era social media, when social justice themes came to life on city walls.
“My father is a trendsetter. He was a street photographer decades before it became popular,” says Dr. Hector Bush, the photographer’s son and owner of Orthodontic Care of Georgia. ” In addition to creating abstract collages, he captured moments in history that nobody would have ever considered extraordinary at the time.”