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
In 1977 he was awarded the Kodak Photography Critics Prize. Numerous
exhibitions and publications have ensued, giving him international
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
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
His wfie Claude Louise, who died in 1981, is also a celebrated
John Batho is our 4th cousin and is descended from our 3rd Great
Grandparents William Broom Batho and Lydia Forsdike from Suffolk