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The Theatre of Apparitions

The Theatre of Apparitions

A ground-breaking, immersive new monograph from Roger Ballen, it’s both a departure from his existing oeuvre and the culmination of his unique aesthetic, linking image-making and theatrical performance.

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Exhibitions

The Theatre of Apparitions

Thames & Hudson
International book launch date
29 September

October 2016

Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome (MACRO), Rome

Snap! Space Contemporary, Orlando, Florida

Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona, Florida

Izzy Gallery, Toronto

Introduction

I have been shooting black and white film for nearly fifty years now. I believe I am part of the last generation that will grow up with this media. Black and White is a very minimalist art form and unlike color photographs does not pretend to mimic the world in a manner similar to the way the human eye might perceive. Black and White is essentially an abstract way to interpret and transform what one might refer to as reality.

My purpose in taking photographs over the past forty years has ultimately been about defining myself. It has been fundamentally a psychological and existential journey.

If an artist is one who spends his life trying to define his being, I guess I would have to call myself an artist.

Roger Ballen Photography