During the past three decades Roger Ballen (New York, 1950) has lived and photographed in South Africa. His work has garnered many notable awards and international recognition. The images in Platteland (1994) and Outland (2001) are frontal and disturbing. By juxtaposing people and objects Ballen creates superb scenarios which strengthen the intangible character of his work. Ballen has made South African whites on the fringe of society the subject of his photo series, which often leaves us wondering whether the images show victims of the loss of privileges during apartheid or a composition of Ballen’s subjectivism. The interaction between staging and showcasing raw realism, an abundance of light and textures and the use of themes like mental and physical decay makes Ballen’s work one of a kind.
To learn more, read our interview with Roger Ballen.