Schliesslers parents were the artist Otto and Gertrud Schliessler. He worked on more than 200 natural and expedition films, so among other things, in the shadow of the Karakoram as a second cameraman. The film was awarded at the International Film Festival in Berlin in 1955 with the Great Bronze Plaque ( Documentary and Culture Film ).
Especially Schliessler was known for his trips to Alaska, where he made films about the construction of the pipeline, Inuits, animals, prospectors and contemporary rituals until the 1970s. One of his highlights there was the ascent of Mount McKinley climber Ray Genet in 1967, she broke off just before reaching the top. As Schliessler 1974 crash with the plane, he survived unhurt and filmed the days until his rescue.
In 1979 he moved with his family to Vancouver, Canada and was last artistic work, by depicting his experiences in the form of sculpture. A disease destroyed his body language and he died withdrawn in 2008, after spending three years before once again stood for a documentation of tungsten Giese and his son Jochen available.
From the marriage with his wife Anemone four children, including the cinematographer Tobias A. Schliessler ( born 1959 ), photographer and illustrator Tina Schliessler ( b. 1962 ) and the documentary filmmaker Jochen Schliessler (* 1964).