John Batho


John Batho was born in Normandy, France in 1939. He is the son of John Burnell Batho from Sussex, England. He has lived and worked in Paris since 1961, when he began working in photography.

By 1963, he had begun to develop his own unique approach toward colour photography. His photos of beach umbrellas, swimming pools, children’s rides, fairgrounds, amusement parks and oilcloth allowed him to explore various techniques, visual qualities and media.

In 1977 he was awarded the Kodak Photography Critics Prize. Numerous exhibitions and publications have ensued, giving him international acclaim.

Since 1979 John Batho has held many specialised clinics on colour photography; from 1983-1990 he taught in the Art Department of the University de Paris VIII, and from 1992 - 2001 he held a chair at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts of Dijon.

His work has been shown in many prestigious exhibitions, including the Musée d'Art Moderne of Paris in 1977 and the Fratelli Alinari Museum in Florence in 1987.

"Pages de plages" ("Beach pages"), the exhibition at La Filature Scène nationale, contained works representing his interest in parasols. Shot in the same places, at the same times, with specific lighting, these photographs bring a special perspective to the object as it is presented. They are neither portraits nor the representation of a particular subject, but a presentation of the choice of form and color in the instant. Echoing these kinds of choices, a series of photos taken in 2004 - 2005 complement the installation of the parasols series with shots of beach scenes and of beachgoers.

He maintains a keen interest not only in photographic imagery, but also in the diversity of processes and papers used in the medium.

John Batho's works are included in many private and public collections worldwide.

His wfie Claude Louise, who died in 1981, is also a celebrated photographer.

John Batho is our 4th cousin and is descended from our 3rd Great Grandparents William Broom Batho and Lydia Forsdike from Suffolk in England.

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