Catalogue printed for the exhibition
“Roger Ballen, photographs”
held in 2003 at Fondazione Sozzani.
Roger Ballen was born in New York in 1950
but for over 30 years he has lived and worked in South Africa.
His work as a geologist took him out into the countryside
and led him to take up his camera and explore the hidden world of small South African towns.
The catalogue presents a selection of works from 1989 to 2002,
when Ballen spent most of his time depicting the marginated social condition of workers and farmers
in suburban and rural areas of South Africa. He portrayed people in the miserable set of their houses,
with b/w film and with the use of flash, combining an approach proper to reportage photography
with his personal inspiration of dreamlike visions.