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Roger Ballen Photography

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.



A few photographs from my new book, Asylum of the Birds:

Ethereal, 2011Possessed, 2009Embalmed, 2011

Asylum of the Birds will be published by Thames and Hudson in March 2014. For more photographs from the book, see the image gallery. To pre-order the book, click here.

To watch the film, please visit: www.asylumofthebirds.com