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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The House of the Ballenesque

Recontres D’Arles
3 July – 24 September 2017

The House of the Ballenesque is a place where the different parts of my photography and installation art come together, a place where all things are possible. Each room in this house represents an important aspect of my aesthetic. Working from the metaphor of the mind as a house, the viewer is guided along a path of association based on analogies between images, from darkness to light, from cellar to attic.

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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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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