Balthasar Burkhard

Born in Bern in 1944, Balthasar Burkhard worked in the early 1960s with Kurt Blum, then exhibition photographer at the Kunsthalle Bern. Burkhard succeeded Blum in this position and through the Kunsthalle’s director Harald Szeeman came to photograph much contemporary art of the time, including the Venice Biennale and the famed documenta 5 of 1972. In the late 1960s Burkhard developed with artist Markus Raetz a series of photos on canvas of interiors, and in 1976 he moved to the USA, lecturing at the University of Illinois where he also held his first solo exhibition. He returned to Switzerland in the early 1980s where further solo shows followed, most notably at the Kunsthalle Basel in 1983. Burkhard later collaborated with the architectural company Atelier 5, taught at the École des Beaux-Arts in Nîmes, and in 1998 released his film La Ciudad. Burkhard died in 2010.