Los Angeles Review of Books

Is astonishment a path to personal truth? Roger Ballen constructs unique photographs that live in a liminal zone between the hauntingly beautiful and the deeply disturbing. Square in format, they are imaginative arrangements of elements that trigger particular cues in the subconscious — wholes made of freighted parts that can evoke everything from the darkest of fairy tales to the strangest of dreams. But all of them are signposts on Ballen’s life-long artist’s journey of self-revelation.

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