Frédéric Batier was born in Paris in 1972.
He was interested in photography since his teens, trying it on the street, at the horse races, and later focusing on landscape.
In 1990, taking advice from his father, he went to Gdańsk in Poland and witnessed the end of an era.
In the early nineties, he was an apprentice in two photographic laboratories, Publimod‘ and Pictorial Service (Paris), where he was teached printing black and white. He also spent a month at Magnum agency, discovering the contact sheets of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Josef Koudelka.
In 1997 he moved to Berlin and started working as an assistant cameraman for television and feature films, while pursuing his photographic work.
In 2006 he had an exhibition of landscapes at the Accademia Raffaello in Urbino, Italy. It was accompanied by a catalogue prefaced by Yves Bonnefoy.
In the same year, the German band Rammstein published Völkerball, a book of his photographs documenting life on tour.
Again in 2011 he went on tour with Rammstein, shooting digital for the first time.
Today, Frédéric Batier still lives in Berlin, with his friend Julia and their children Aurélie and Jacob.
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