Navel gazing can get a little old, so, in the coming weeks (months?), as we find ourselves counting the hours till lunchtime on the sofa, we look for...
Edited by Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern and published by Aperture, The Photographer's Playbook contains advice, exercises and insight from John Baldessari, Tim Barber, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Jim Goldberg, Miranda July, Susan Meiselas, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Stephen Shore, Alec Soth, Mark Steinmetz, Roger Ballen, David Campany, Asger Carlson, Ari Marcopoulos, Todd Hido, and many more. —Text compiled by Alex Nicholson
Known for his probing, often challenging images that exist in a space between painting, drawing, installation and photography, yet until now, no comprehensive retrospective on African photographer Roger Ballen has been released yet. Based on an entirely new appraisal of his archive, one that looks beyond his monographic projects for the first time, the book Ballenesque takes the reader on a visual, chronological tour of the photographer’s entire oeuvre, including both the iconic images and previously unpublished works.
Roger Ballen is well-known fine art photographer who has been creating exciting imagery for over 50 years. He has been widely exhibited in museums and
I want to go out and take photographs. I just relax and keep a focused mind and make the photographs. I don’t have any particular goals. I’ve always said that if you define my pictures with words other than enigmatic or mysterious, then the pictures are bad.
This month Roger Ballen releases an expanded edition of his critically acclaimed book, Outland published by Phaidon Press which features 45 previously unpublished photographs. Along with this new incarnation of the book, Ballen has collaborated with director Ben Crossman for the second time to create an accompanying video for Outland, which re-introduces some of Ballen’s protagonists 15 years after the fact.
Our newest Juxtapoz Editions release is Photography, a 32-page zine featuring some of the most influential names and talents in contemporary photograp...
Our newest Juxtapoz Editions release is Photography, a 32-page zine featuring some of the most influential names and talents in contemporary photographer. Starting with cover artist Roger Ballen, our Photography zine includes Mike Brodie, Alex Prager, Tim Barber, Swampy, Jennilee Marigomen, Bill Daniel, Tod Seelie, Daniel Arnold, Asger Carlsen, Austin McManus, Yumiko Utsu, Gregory Halpern, and Peter Sutherland
Roger Ballen grew up in New York City, surrounded by photographs and photographers—his mother was a picture editor for Magnum and a gallerist. He first trained as a geologist, a job that took him to South Africa—where he has lived and worked since the nineteen-eighties— and, he says, accustomed him to digging deep and bringing what he finds to the surface.
by Jonathan Blaustein Roger Ballen is among the most talented and successful photographic artists in the world today. He was kind enough to agree to an extensive interview last month, and is also allowing us to publish images from two forthcoming books. J
Roger Ballen is among the most talented and successful photographic artists in the world today. He was kind enough to agree to an extensive interview last month, and is also allowing us to publish images from two forthcoming books.
MONO Volume One is the first hardback of a trilogy, showcasing an inspiring collection of contemporary black & white photography. Its 270 pages feature a broad scope of internationally renowned artists such as Antoine D'Agata, Trent Parke, Anders Petersen and Roger Ballen
Textures, compositions, objects, animals, disturbing characters and graphic elements create unique compositions that emotionally captivate the spectator. It would be a futile endeavour to attempt to explain his images, for they come from a way of telling that cannot be translated into another discipline
Roger Ballen’s photographs are as much alluring as they are unsettling. For nearly 50 years, Ballen has used photography to explore some of the most upsetting parts of the psyche—and, in that period, he has created some of the most exquisite and unique images of everything from people and skeletons to animals and nature.
It's hard for me not to sound a bit overzealous about the GH2 and these two new lenses. I was predisposed toward the GH1, and now with the GH2 Panasonic has mostly fixed those few deficiencies that the GH1 had
[slidepress gallery=’rogerballen_boardingroom’] Hover over the image for navigation and full screen controls Roger Ballen Boarding House play this essay “It is difficult to expla…
BOARDING HOUSE is a space of transient residence, of comings and goings, of people sheltered in a place they are using for their immediate survival. Basic and fundamental, the structure is furnished with objects necessary for an elementary existence, decorated with evocative drawings, and littered throughout with animals. Remnants function there as physical symbols of events that have occurred in the space; broken pieces of a functional reality exist as the leftovers of scenarios that have been played out there. The altered sense of place of this temporary abode creates a sense of alienation, which acts as a jumping off point for the imagination to run wild.
American photographer Roger Ballen has been living and photographing in South Africa since the late 1970s. His photographs have caused international controversy, excitement, and debate ever since his book, Platteland: Images of a Rural South Africa, was published in the 1990s. Platteland was filled with raw, direct, disturbing photographs of poor white people in South Africa whose lives had been marginalized by the Apartheid government. While some critics accused Ballen of compiling a "voyeuristic freak show," Susan Sontag described the book as "the most important sequence of portraits I've seen in years."
Book Review: Roger Ballen – Boarding House
Roger Ballen – Boarding House « The PhotoBook:
For most of the photobooks I review, they usually are stand alone books, but I feel that Roger Ballen’s recent book Boarding House needs to be placed into a larger perspective. Specificly to the content of his two previous books, Shadow Chamber, published in 2005 and Outland, published in 2001, both by Phaidon Press. Otherwise, it feels like I have walked into the middle of an fascinating and entertaining discussion, but I am left at a loss of what the topic is.
Review: Boarding House by Roger Ballen
Roger Ballen’s work is often deemed to be disturbing. I don’t think is actually is (my idea of “disturbing” might be different from yours), but we can probably easily agree on calling him one of the most creative photographers currently producing work.
Audio interview with photographer Roger Ballen
Roger Ballen has been making disturbing photographs in South Africa for many years now. In an exclusive audio interview for Lens Culture, he talks about a wide range of topics, including how he found his “voice” as a photographer, his working methods and philosophy, why he uses flash lighting, the violence of nature in South Africa where he lives, the similarities between geology and photography (he holds a Ph.D. in Mineral Economics), and more.