Roger Ballen: Theatrical Mechanics

Roger Ballen: The Theatre of Apparitions captures the full creative scope of a figure known for investigations into the human unconscious. The artist’s early work depicting sub-cultures who lived on the fringes of society were initially met with public hesitance, however, his subsequent series Shadow Chamber (2005), Boarding House (2009) and Asylum (2011) paved Ballen’s […]

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Retrospective of South African photo artist lays his career bare

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. Ballen’s distinctive and unique style of photography evolved from a form of documentary photography into a style that he describes as “ballenesque.” Ballen employs drawing, painting, [...]
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Book Launch: Roger Ballen’s The Theatre of Apparitions

Alexander Bar & Theatre, 7 Strand Street, Cape Town Sunday 11 December 2016 at 4pm Join artist Roger Ballen, one of the most original image-makers of our times, as he takes us deep into his photographic psychodrama at the launch of his latest publication The Theatre of Apparitions (Thames & Hudson). The evening will include a [...]
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Roger Ballen’s “Theatre of the Mind” Exhibit At Izzy Gallery Is A Visual Adventure

They say that a picture tells a thousand words, but Roger Ballen disagrees. The 66-year-old photographer is a consummate professional when it comes to communicating through his visuals. However, there’s a stark difference between the average vacation selfie and the compelling, provocative and broody images captured by the influential photographic artist. The difference is that […]

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Unseen Book Market Signing

Roger Ballen will sign his newest book simultaneously at the book stand of Reflex Amsterdam at the UNSEEN BOOK MARKET. His newest book The Theatre of Apparitions published by Thames & Hudson, introduction by Colin Rhodes, is a ground breaking, immersive new monograph. Galerie Alex Daniëls – Reflex Amsterdam UNSEEN PHOTOGRAPHY FAIR Roger Ballen Book Signing: [...]
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Inner Mind

American photographer Roger Ballen’s distinctive style of black­ and­ white images are mostly  described  as “weird” by viewers because of the provocative themes. People can now get a glimpse of his artis­ tic works at an ongoing show in Beijing. The exhibition hall of the art museum at the Central Academy of Fine Arts has been [...]
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Theatre of the Mind

Roger Ballen shines light on the darkest shadows of his subconscious in his new monograph The Theatre of Apparitions. In an edited extract from the preface Ballen reveals where he hopes the work will take us... Traditionally speaking, photography documents and validates our perception of physical reality. For me, throughout my career, the camera has always [...]
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