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Outland

Outland

A new and expanded edition of Outland, featuring 45 previously unpublished pictures from Ballen’s archive and a new essay by Elisabeth Sussman, will be released in April 2015.

To read more about the book and view some of its photographs, see the Outland page.

To order the book, click here.

Current & Upcoming Events

Current & Upcoming Events

Exhibitions

Asylum of the Birds

La Fabrica
Madrid, Spain
24 Feb 2015 to 29 Mar 2015

Shadowland, The Photographs of Roger Ballen 1982-2014

Kafka House
Prague, Czech Republic
28 Feb 2015 to 15 Mar 2015

Award

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

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