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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Current & Upcoming Events


Roger Ballen’s Theater of the Mind

Izzy Gallery, 1255 Bay St, Toronto, Canada
13 October 13 to 19 November

An eye-opening Roger Ballen retrospective. Blurring the lines between photography, painting, drawing, performance and installation, South African photographer Roger Ballen aspires to mimic the primal, mystical power of cave paintings. This career-spanning retrospective includes famous works … plus images from his collaboration with rule-bending duo Die Antwoord. – Toronto Life


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