Buda Family Archive

collection Buda Family Archive
authors Zygmunt Buda
starring Jacek Buda; Katarzyna Buda; Marek Buda; Jolanta Chmielewska; Janina Stafisz
length 10'23
country Poland
year 1956
format 16 mm
color black and white; color
signature PAFD 0037 004

Zygmunt Buda was born in Poznań in 1924 and was interested in photography since his childhood. From 1941, he worked in the Poznań photographic company Foto-Stewner, founded by Ernest Stewner. After the end of the war, he worked as a photographer in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, from which, in the 50s, he was dismissed for political incorrectness. From the 60s, he worked in the Film Services Department at the corner of Marszałkowska and Krucza streets in Warsaw. Zygmunt recorded films with a business camera with a 16-millimeter tape and a private SANYO camera with an 8-millimeter tape, which he received as a gift from a family living in the USA. His sons, Jacek and Marek, as well as the next generations of the Buda family, also became enthusiasts of filming family life. 

Part 1

The film was recorded at the allotment of the Wadecki aunt and uncle (relatives on the side of Łucja Stafisz, Katarzyna’s mother) in Zielonka near Warsaw in the summer of 1956. Zygmunt’s wife, Katarzyna, spends time outdoors with Jacek, Marek and the hosts. The boys are playing by the river. Jacek takes a picture of his mother and aunt Wadecka with a small-format SLR camera.

Part 2

Shots of of a cycling race participant passing through Puławska Street in Warsaw; in the background there is the construction site of a ski jump in Mokotów. A moment after the cyclists’ pass, a narrow-gauge railway runs along the street. The family is walking around Puławska, one of the brothers is sitting in a wheelchair pushed by Katarzyna.

Part 3

A family walk by the Potocki mausoleum and the Wilanów Palace. The Buda family is accompanied by Katarzyna’s sister, Janina Stafisz, a friend from medical studies. The boys, together with their mother and aunt, collect dandelions. The family walks by the pumping station on Wilanowski Lake and poses to the camera in one of the wooden boats tied to the shore.

Part 4

Marek and Jacek Buda accompany their older cousin, Jola Chmielewska, to her first day at school in September 1956. Children guided by teachers enter the school in pairs.

Part 5

Jacek and Marek, together with their mother, pose to the camera at the lion monuments in Warsaw’s Royal Łazienki Park. The brothers, holding hands, approach the monument of Prince Józef Poniatowski at the Old Orangery.


keywords Poland  Warsaw  Zielonka  holidays  summer  family  family life  leisure  river  child  childhood  sculpture  lion  cyclists  race  sport 
source of funding Ministry of Culture and National Heritage