Fotografien 1969—2009 (signed)

by Roger Ballen


Photographs: Roger Ballen

Text: Ulrich Pohlmann, Angela Stercken

Publisher: Kerber Verlag

148 pages

Pictures: 268 (b/w)

Year: 2010

ISBN: 978-3-86678-427-7

Comments: Hardcover, language: dt, 30 x 30 cm

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For more than 30 years now, the photographer Roger Ballen has been shooting portraits of the impoverished white population of rural South Africa, of day labourers, security guards and workers who eek out a wretched existence in the so-called Platteland. Ballen portrays his subjects against the theatrical backdrop of their own humble homes, whose Spartan interiors he transforms into claustrophobic stage sets on which the actors play their parts with extraordinary expressiveness.
The selected props include wire and dilapidated furniture, which shot in conjunction with the subjects themselves develop a surrealistic life of their own. There is something almost absurdly grotesque about these documentary-style compositions and at the same time something worryingly oppressive. They show a hermetically sealed world that can be read as a deeply troubling image of psychotic energy.

The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition „Roger Ballen. Photographs 1969–2009“, 12 November 2010 to 27 February 2011, Münchner Stadtmuseum.


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Fotografien 1969—2009 (signed)

by Roger Ballen


Photographs: Roger Ballen

Text: Ulrich Pohlmann, Angela Stercken

Publisher: Kerber Verlag

148 pages

Pictures: 268 (b/w)

Year: 2010

ISBN: 978-3-86678-427-7

Comments: Hardcover, language: dt, 30 x 30 cm

sold out

For more than 30 years now, the photographer Roger Ballen has been shooting portraits of the impoverished white population of rural South Africa, of day labourers, security guards and workers who eek out a wretched existence in the so-called Platteland. Ballen portrays his subjects against the theatrical backdrop of their own humble homes, whose Spartan interiors he transforms into claustrophobic stage sets on which the actors play their parts with extraordinary expressiveness.
The selected props include wire and dilapidated furniture, which shot in conjunction with the subjects themselves develop a surrealistic life of their own. There is something almost absurdly grotesque about these documentary-style compositions and at the same time something worryingly oppressive. They show a hermetically sealed world that can be read as a deeply troubling image of psychotic energy.

The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition „Roger Ballen. Photographs 1969–2009“, 12 November 2010 to 27 February 2011, Münchner Stadtmuseum.


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A collector's choice by josefchladek.com

Fotografien 1969—2009 (signed)

by Roger Ballen


Photographs: Roger Ballen

Text: Ulrich Pohlmann, Angela Stercken

Publisher: Kerber Verlag

148 pages

Pictures: 268 (b/w)

Year: 2010

ISBN: 978-3-86678-427-7

Comments: Hardcover, language: dt, 30 x 30 cm

sold out

For more than 30 years now, the photographer Roger Ballen has been shooting portraits of the impoverished white population of rural South Africa, of day labourers, security guards and workers who eek out a wretched existence in the so-called Platteland. Ballen portrays his subjects against the theatrical backdrop of their own humble homes, whose Spartan interiors he transforms into claustrophobic stage sets on which the actors play their parts with extraordinary expressiveness.
The selected props include wire and dilapidated furniture, which shot in conjunction with the subjects themselves develop a surrealistic life of their own. There is something almost absurdly grotesque about these documentary-style compositions and at the same time something worryingly oppressive. They show a hermetically sealed world that can be read as a deeply troubling image of psychotic energy.

The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition „Roger Ballen. Photographs 1969–2009“, 12 November 2010 to 27 February 2011, Münchner Stadtmuseum.


More books by Roger Ballen

more books tagged »South Africa« | >> see all

more books tagged »documentary« | >> see all

more books tagged »black and white« | >> see all

more books tagged »American« | >> see all

more books tagged »portrait« | >> see all

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