Ballenesque, Roger Ballen: A Retrospective

With over 300 photographs, the Thames and Hudson publication Ballenesque, Roger Ballen: A Retrospective, provides not only an entirely new way of seeing Ballen’s work, but also a comprehensive introduction for those encountering his photographs for the first time.

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Sneak, 2016

Current & Upcoming Events


Roger Ballen’s ‘St. Moritz’

Galerie Karsten Greve
25 August – 18 November 2017

The exhibition showcases a series of Roger Ballen’s meticulously created works, arranged intricately and staged upon to be photographed.

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From 22 September 2017

The impending arrival of Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa) has been causing quite a stir. Set to hold its grand public opening from 22 to 25 September 2017 – during which members of the public can enter for free – the museum is to Cape Town what the Tate Modern is to London, and MoMA to New York.

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EMON Photo Gallery
20 October – 20 December 2017

The exhibition will focus on the landmark Outland (2001) series, together with works from Shadow Chamber (2005), Boarding House (2009), Asylum of the Birds (2014) and The Theatre of Apparitions (2016).

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Artist Talk: Roger Ballen

10 November 2017 at 18.30 – 20.00

For their annual keynote lecture Urban Photographers’ Association (UPA) have invited Roger Ballen to the stage.

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Paris Photo 2017

Paris Photo 2017
12 November 2017 – signing, 3 PM

After a successful and warmly received 20th anniversary edition, Paris Photo is returning to the City of Light to cap off another inspiring year in the world of contemporary photography.

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Ballenesque Retrospective

Galerie Alex Daniëls – Reflex Amsterdam
23 November – 30 December 2017

On the occasion of the opening of the Amsterdam Art Weekend, artist Roger Ballen will give a short introduction to his work, the exhibition and his two most recent publications, Ballenesque (Thames & Hudson) and Roger Ballen – Polaroids (Reflex Editions), which will be released during the opening. You can buy a personally signed copy at the opening.

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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