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Roger Ballen, a New York native, has been living in Johannesburg, South Africa since 1974. Trained as a geologist, Ballen has been photographing for over 25 years, mostly in remote areas outside of Johannesburg. Working among a population so clearly overlooked and invisible, they face Ballen’s camera with both the freshness of children and the faces of hard experience.
Ballen’s photographs convey sitters whose unique disposition in life seems to have sculpted their bodies. However, they also rely upon an exquisitely rigorous formal approach, mixing a draftsman’s eye for line and detail with the documentary photographer’s obsession for veracity with universal appeal. Included will be portraits, interiors and still-lifes executed between the mid-1980s and today, many of which have never before been exhibited or published.
Ballen has been short-listed for the prestigious Citigroup Private Bank Photography Prize, to be awarded in London in February 2002. Outland recently won The Best Photographic Book of the Year award at PhotoEspana 2001. Ballen’s photographs are the subjects of previous volumes including Boyhood (1978), Dorps: Small Towns of South Africa, (1986), Platteland, Images of a Rural South Africa (1994) and Cette Afrique-l (1997). His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Brooklyn Museum of Art; Kunsthaus, Zürich; Museum Folkwang, Essen; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris and others. -Gagosian Gallery
A Conversation with Roger Ballen.
Post lecture reception and book signing hosted by Quality Pictures (916 NW Hoyt) with hors d’oeuvres by Planet B’s Modern Tastes. Roger Ballen Lecture Sponsored by
Quality Pictures and venue generously donated by Wieden+Kennedy.