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Roger Ballen
Author: Roger Ballen

ISBN: 9780714849522
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 5 June 2009
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 30.0 x 28.0 x 1.8
Description:
Roger Ballen's photographs are like images from a waking dream: compelling and thought-provoking, with layers of rich details, flashes of dark humor, and an altered sense of place. Blurring the boundaries between documentary photography and autonomic art, his work is both a powerful social statement and a complex psychological study.

Accompanying the exhibition at Johnen Galerie Berlin Phaidon Press publishes Boarding House by Roger Ballen, a new collection of photographs by the South African photographer. Showcasing over 70 black and white images, mostly unpublished, this is Ballen's most formally sophisticated work to date. An introductory essay by photography curator David Travis is looking at these images in the wider context of Ballen's career.

Boarding House is a space of transient residence, of comings and goings, of people sheltered in a place they are using for their immediate survival. Basic and fundamental, the structure is furnished with objects necessary for an elementary existence, decorated with evocative drawings, and littered throughout with animals. Remnants function there as physical symbols of events that have occurred in the space; broken p...

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