Julia Fullerton-Batten is best known for her investigations of teenage girls, their psyches, and their relationships with others. Teenage Stories (2005) was the first of her explorative series, and in it, she heightens and emphasizes the girls’ feelings of not belonging by photographing them as giants amid miniature villages. Later series like School Play (2007), In Between (2009 – 2010), Awkward (2011), Mothers and Daughters (2012), and A Testament to Love (2013) look at these growing girls’ relationships with friends, boys, and family, as well. Her recent series Renaissance (2013) reflects her subject’s state of minds. Fullerton-Batten’s series show regular people who, although seemingly emotionless, truly bring us closer to understanding the inner workings of the mind.
Fullerton-Batten’s work has received much critical acclaim and has been featured in The New Yorker, Financial Times, Vogue Korea, and Le Monde, among others. Her work was the covering image for Thames and Hudson’s 2009 book A Guide to Collecting Contemporary Photography. She has shown at esteemed international institutions like the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai; Museo Thyssen-Bomemisza, Madrid; and a solo exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. In 2014, her work was featured in an exhibition at the Swedish Museum of Photography titled Fotograsfika.