Julia Fullerton-Batten

British, 1970–present

Hyper-realism and cinematic are characteristic descriptions of Fullerton-Batten’s images. They are often set in unexpectedly surreal settings with dramatic lighting, communicating simultaneously both tension and mystery. Since becoming a professional photographer in 2005 she has accomplished 13 major projects. Her first was Teenage Stories (2005), a semi-autobiographical narrative portraying the feelings of anxiety and discomfort when transiting from youth to womanhood. During the project she retroactively explored and connected with her own memories and experiences. More recently, she has taken on socially conscious issues; among others, blindness, modern-day society’s pre-occupation with the ideal figure, women voluntarily engaging in the sex industry, etc.

Fullerton-Batten was born in Bremen, Germany and spent most of her childhood in Germany and the USA, before moving to the UK in 1986. After completing her education, she studied photography and assisted professional photographers for five years. She began her professional career with a commercial assignment in 2000 and within a few years began to gain accolades as a fine-art photographer.

Her works are in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery in London, UK – whom also commissioned her to shoot portraits of leading people in the UK National Health Service – and the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland. Thames & Hudson chose her images for the front cover of their publication in 2012: A Guide to Collecting Contemporary Photography. Fullerton-Batten’s fine-art work is globally renowned and exhibited. She has won countless awards worldwide, is frequently portrayed in photographic journals, has published two books, is a Hasselblad Ambassador and a frequent speaker at international workshops and a juror of international competitions.