Roger Ballen
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Roger Ballen
(b. 1950, New York City)

Between 1986 and 1994, Roger Ballen created disquieting psychological portraits of rural inhabitants on the fringes of South African society. He worked as a geologist and mining consultant before starting his career as a photographer; the people he encountered as a mining prospector in the small villages of rural South Africa became the main focus of his photographs. Since then, his work has moved beyond observation and documentation toward abstraction and complex narratives, culminating in his most recent series, Boarding House. Taken at a curious warehouse for transients on the outskirts of Johannesburg, the photographs move beyond human subjects, and embark on an imaginative physic journey that calls into question fact and fiction.

Roger Ballen has lived and worked in Johannesburg, South Africa for more than 30 years. In 2001, Ballen’s book Outland won the Best Photographic Book of the Year at PhotoEspaña. Ballen’s other monographs include Platteland, Dorps, Shadow Chamber, and Boarding House. Ballen’s photographs are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

 

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Boarding House
Boarding House



Shadow Chamber
Shadow Chamber




Halloween In Harlem
Outland


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