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Presenting a New Edition of Roger Ballen’s Award-winning Photographic Document, Outland (Plus: Video)

OutlandJonathan Ball is proud to announce the publication of a new edition of Outland by Roger Ballen:

Outland is the culmination of almost twenty years work for artist-photographer Roger Ballen and amounts to one of the most extraordinary photographic documents of the late twentieth century. Beginning by documenting the small “dorps” of rural South Africa, Ballen’s photography moved on in the late 1980s and early 1990s to their inhabitants: isolated rural white citizens, scarred by history, in the process of losing the privileges of apartheid which had provided them livelihoods and sustained their identity for a generation. The results were shocking, both powerful social statements and disturbing psychological studies.

Originally published in 2001 and named Best Photographic book of the year at PhotoEspaña 2001, Madrid, Spain, a new and expanded edition of Outland, featuring 45 previously unpublished pictures from Ballen’s archive and a new essay by Elisabeth Sussman, Curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, United States, is due to be released this May. The book is introduced by Peter Weiermair, former Director of the Rupertinum Museum in Salzburg, Austria and the Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Bologna, Italy.

Watch a video of Outland:


About the artist

Roger Ballen has lived and worked in Johannesburg, South Africa, for 30 years. Born in New York, he worked as a geologist and mining consultant before starting his own photographic career by documenting the small villages of rural South Africa and their isolated inhabitants. Outland was first published by Phaidon in 2001, followed by critically acclaimed Shadow Chamber and Boarding House. Ballen is represented by Gagosian Gallery.

Some of Ballen’s previous works include:

I Fink You Freeky (Roger Ballen and Die Antwoord)
Asylum of the Birds
Animal Abstraction and
Shadow Chamber.

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