Puppy between feet, 1999

Photography Award 2015

The Roger Ballen Photography Award is granted to a photographer whose work illustrates ground breaking vision. For this inaugural award, applicants will be allowed to submit a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 digital images.

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For more information about the award, as well as how to enter, please visit www.rogerballen.org.


Current & Upcoming Events


The House Project

Gallery MOMO
Johannesburg & Cape Town, South Africa
Opening 21 January 2016

Shadowland, The Photographs of Roger Ballen 1982-2014

Pori Art Museum
Pori, Finland
25 Sept 2015 to 17 Jan 2016


Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Edition 46, Artist of the Year, published on 14 November 2014.


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