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Claude Batho ‘The poetry of the intimate’

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@ Claude Batho

From the 18th October 2014 until the 18th of January 2015
At the Musée Nicephore Niepce – 28, Quai des Messageries – 71100 Chalon sur Saône (France)
Exhibition co-produced with the GwinZegal Centre for Art and Research, Guingamp.
More info : en.museeniepce.com

Through her photographs, Claude Batho (1935-1981) examined the simplest of objects from his daily life, to familiar landscapes and his close entourage. The apparent simplicity of the representations leaves room for sensitivity, for a silent beauty often associated with black and white sliver-based prints. This simplicity turns into poetry and triumphs over banality. A women’s gesture, Claude Batho’s photography can be read as a personal diary whose subjects are not the extraordinary moments of existence but the insignificant and, as such timeless ones.

Now that time has passed, we can look back on Claude Batho’s photographs with serenity. In this collection that is far from scattered or by chance, there a feeling of going beyond the limits of a lifetime. Her work has aged particularly well. We would so love that she and her friends and family would be able to find themselves in this new portrait, thirty years after her death. As everything seems simple in these photos. Photography seems to want to be a carbon copy of family life; a practice imbued with tenderness, made up of daily, humble gestures: when the images connect to a practical “reality” that is never far from a dream. […]
(Extract from the text by François Cheval. A book has been published to coincide with the exhibition : Co-edition by GwinZegal, musée Nicéphore Niépce)


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