Roger Ballen

 

1950
USA

Roger Ballen_Study of Boy and Plant,  1999 | courtesy of Camera Oscura

Study of Boy and Plant


1999
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Son of a photography editor at Magnum, Roger Ballen worked as a geologist and mine consultant before launching his own photographic career, documenting small towns in rural Africa and their isolated inhabitants. The images are simultaneously powerful social allegations and disturbing psychological studies. Ballen’s work Outland was considered one of the most extraordinary photographical documents at the end of the 20th century. His recognisable photographic style has evolved using simply a square format and a black-and-white color scheme, to colour and collaborative projects with other artists. His first works have a clear influence of documental photography, but during the 1990s, he developed a style that he described as “documentary fiction”.


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