Comments/Context: I remember very clearly the first time I saw Roger Ballen's photographs: it was in 2004, at a show at the Berkeley Art Museum. Hung against the museum's rough concrete walls, the pared down, bizarre and unsettling pictures were unlike anything I had seen before. What stood out was their startling, almost confrontational originality; while we might have been able to connect them tangentially to Arbus or Witkin or any number of others, this was an artist who had found his own voice and clearly wasn't afraid to make work that didn't fit into neat categories.
- Artist site (here)
- Interviews: Lens Culture (here), American Photo (here), Dossier (here)
- Book reviews: The Photobook (here), Conscientious (here)
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