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The Art of Contortion

  • Prize
    Gold in Fine Art/People
  • Photographer
    Julia Fullerton-Batten
  • Credit
    Julia Fullerton-Batten

Contortionism is one of the oldest physical art forms, dating back to ancient civilization as illustrated in paintings and sculptures from ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt. Apart from the bodily characteristics of flexibility, strength and apparent double-jointedness, a contortionist requires years of dedication to extremes of discipline and training, often beginning in childhood, to acquire the fluid artistry needed to create a serpentine dance of the human body.

Hyper-realism and cinematic are characteristic descriptions of Julia 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 .

Awards Winner, Fondation HSBC pour la Photographie, 2007
Winner, Hasselblad Master in Fine Art, 2008
11th International de la Photographie de Mode, Cannes, 2013
National Portrait Gallery,Taylor Wessing Awards, "Harajuka, Tokyo, 2013", Aug.2013
Sony World Photography Awards, professional shortlist, KOREA, EVERLAND, 2015
11th Pollux Awards, “The Father Thames”, March 2018.
5th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography, Oct.Barcelona, 2018
American Photography 34, Winner, “Swan Uppers”, March 2018
LensCulture Visual Storytelling Awards, ‘Old Father Thames’, Finalist, 2019
American Photography 35 Selected Winner “Immersion of Durga Idol’, from Old Father Thames Project, 2019
American Photography open 2019, Finalist, “Tower Bridge”, Sept. 2019
Aesthetica Art Prize, ‘1814 Frost Fair’ publication Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology: Future Now, Dec. 2019