Born in1950 in New York. Lives in Johannesburg. « I have been shooting black and white film for nearly fifty years now. I believe I am part of the last generation that will grow up with this media. Black and White is a very minimalist art form and unlike color photographs does not pretend to mimic the world in a manner similar to the way the human eye might perceive. Black and White is essentially an abstract way to interpret and transform what one might refer to as reality.
My purpose in taking photographs over the past forty years has ultimately been about defining myself. It has been fundamentally a psychological and existential journey.
If an artist is one who spends his life trying to define his being, I guess I would have to call myself an artist. »
A selection of Roger Ballen's work exhibited at Galerie VU' from May 24 to July 6 2013. Actes Sud (2012) 144 pages 12,5 x 19 cm ISBN : 2330006950
With Shadow Chamber, Roger Ballen explores the underbelly or the "shadow chamber" of existence. Phaidon (2005) 128 pages 30 x 28 cm ISBN : 978-0-7148-4952-2
A new collection of photographs. The follow-up to the critically acclaimed Outland and Shadow Chamber. Phaidon (2009) 128 pages 30 x 28 cm ISBN : 978-0-7148-4952-2
« This book is dedicated to the spirit of the birds who inhabit our planet, who fly above us, who mysteriously link the heavens with the earth. » — Roger Ballen Thames & Hudson (2014) 144 pages Bound with dust jacket 31 x 29 cm ISBN : 978-0-500-54429-7