Roger Ballen, ‘Take Off’, 2012, Etherton

About Roger Ballen

Roger Ballen has lived and worked in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the past three decades. His black-and-white photography has shifted from an early focus on documentary and photojournalism—such as the 1994 series "Platteland: Images From Rural South Africa," which depicted the poor and socially outcast—to staged, painterly compositions of private, surreal worlds, many without human subjects. In the 2009 series "Boarding House," animals, wall drawings, and objects like furniture and electric wire (a reappearing visual) combine to yield ambiguous and discomfiting images, recalling artists such as Diane Arbus.

American-South African, b. 1950, New York, New York, based in Johannesburg, South Africa

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2017
Roger Ballen: The Theatre of Apparitions, Hamiltons Gallery, London
2016
Roger Ballen | The Theatre of Apparitions, Zemack Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
2016
2014
ROGER BALLEN: Asylum of the Birds, Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich