Buda Family Archive

collection Buda Family Archive
authors Zygmunt Buda
starring Jacek Buda; Katarzyna Buda; Marek Buda; Krzysztof Olender; Lidia Olender; Urszula Olender
length 11'34
location Poland
year 1954; 1955
format 16 mm
color black and white; color
signature PAFD 0037 005
source of funding Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

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 between 1954 and 1955 in Konstancin. Zygmunt’s wife, Katarzyna, with her sons Jacek and Marek and her friend Andzia, spends time outdoors. The elder brother, Marek, is learning to ski. The women play with the boys and pull them on the sledge. In the background there are other children playing on the hill. Marek takes pictures with a camera.

Part 2

The family is walking in the Royal Łazienki Park in Warsaw. At that time, the Buda lived very close to the park, on Iwicka Street. Katarzyna walks with her sons along the snowy alleys, Jacek is sitting in a pram with a balloon from the 1954/1955 New Year’s Eve party attached to it. The boys observe with curiosity a squirrel jumping on a tree.

Part 3

The film was probably recorded on the 1st of May, 1955. Krzysztof and Urszula Olender are playing with Marek with a ball. Katarzyna with her friend and mother of the siblings, Lidia Olender, watch children playing on the playground.



keywords Poland, Warsaw, Konstancin, Royal Łazienki Park, winter, spring, skiing, sledge, park, snow, walk, child, childhood, family, family life, leisure, fun, park, squirrel, balloon, pram, camera photo, ball, playground