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.

Read more

Sneak, 2016

Current & Upcoming Events


Skateboard Exhibition & Talk

PH Centre Photographic Gallery and Bookshop
Saturday 16 February 2018 12pm

Drop-in for this rare opportunity to meet acclaimed photographer, Roger Ballen at the exciting launch of his latest pop-culture skateboards – book signing and BALLENESQUE talk.

Read more

Ballenesque Book Signing

Investec Cape Town Art Fair
2pm on Saturday 17 February

At the Clarke’s Bookshop stand.

Read more

Umbra, Penumbra et Antumbra

Le Dictateur
28 February

Roger Ballen will be present at the inauguration of Umbra, Penumbra et Antumbra.

Read more

.M Contemporary Exhibition

Paris Photo 2017
1 – 14 March 2018

Read more


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.

Read more


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