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Roger Ballen Photography


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:

Take off, 2012Headless, 2006Omen, 2011

Asylum of the Birds is now available at book stores and on Amazon. To order the book, click here. For more photographs from the book, see the image gallery.

To watch the film, visit

For information on the traveling exhibition, visit