Balthasar Burkard was born in Bern in 1944. He studied photography as an apprentice under Kurt Blum and started working as a photographer in the mid-1960s. His work as a photographer under Harald Szeemann at the Kunsthalle Bern, where he documented exhibitions, encouraged him to explore art and artists photographically. Between 1969 and 1979 he produced his first artistic works with Markus Raetz. In the late 1970s, Burkard moved to the USA where he lectured in photography at the University of Illinois. He held his first solo exhibition in 1977 at the Zolla/Lieberman Gallery in Chicago. In 1983 he was working in Switzerland again and took part in numerous group exhibitions. He moved to La Chaux-de-Fonds in 1995, living there and in Bern. In 2001, he held an exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Thun called “Voyage”. Burkard died in 2010 at the age of 65.