Roger ballen

(New York, 1950) American photographer, lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. The working body of it, developed over a period of four decades, began in the field of documentary, but it has expanded to include a fictitious visual dialogue between people, its architectural space, objects found and domesticated animals. His approach has been described as "unusual" and "exciting". Ballen jumped to fame as a photographer with the publication of Dorps: Small Towns of South Africa (Cape Town: Clifton Publications, 1986). Young flames decapasioned the opinion of the lower Afrikaner class "without comments or obvious implication", possibly similar to the description of Ballen of the architecture that surrounded them. As a practicing geologist, on field trips, Ballen had found the subjects of him living "under the imaginary benefits of regime policies." Landscape photographs in Dorps would mark the end of the raid of Ballen in outdoor photography. But the book also marks the beginning of the use by Ballen of the middle format camera and the flash, as well as the deliberate choice of a negative square and black and white film that Ulrich Pohlmann calls his "registered trademark" that allows "adjusted images" and well balanced ". The year 1994 saw the publication of Platteland: images from rural South Africa (Johannesburg: William Waterman Publications, 1994 and republished as Platteland revisited: images from rural South Africa, Pretoria: Protea Publishing, 2013) convened by Susan Sontag "The most impressive sequence of portraits that I have seen in years. " The projects that followed included Outland (London: Phaidon, 2000, Reimpresso 2009, revised 2015) With the expanded edition that contains 30 unpublished images, presented by Peter Weiermair former director of Rupertinum in Salzburg, Austria and the Gallery of Modern Art in Bologna, Italy and with a new essay of Elizabeth Sussman, Sondra Gilman Photography curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Has continued to regularly publish, Shadow Chamber (London: Phaidon, 2004), Boarding House (London: Phaidon, 2008), Asylum of the Birds (London: Thames & Hudson, 2013), Roger Ballen - Die Antwoord: I Fink u Freeky ( Munich: Preltel, 2013), The House Project (Oodee, 2015). The work of it has been highly exposed, in 2017 alone, he had individual exhibitions in the United States, the United Kingdom, Guatemala, China, South Africa, Norway, New Zealand, Colombia and Germany.

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