Roger Ballen Foundation Centre for Photography

Roger Ballen Foundation Centre for Photography

Ahead of its Grand Opening in September 2017, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa has announced major gifts from the Roger Ballen Foundation to establish and support a Centre for Photography.

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Current & Upcoming Events


Roger Ballen Retrospective

Istanbul Museum of Modern Art
28 December 2016 – 4 June 2017

Istanbul Modern Photograph Gallery is hosting a retrospective exhibition of US-born South African artist Roger Ballen. The exhibition follows Ballen’s works which he has been producing since the 1980s.

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Fine Art Photography Workshop with Roger Ballen

Lost Angeles Festival of Photography
18 – 23 April 2017

This will be a hands on workshop with shooting sessions, individual assignments, daily group discussion and editing sessions.

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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