Tuesday, February 19, 2008

OUTLAND | ROGER BALLEN

My publisher/publicist Sara Rosen from POWERHOUSE BOOKS gave me this book a while ago, and I still can't get over it. Published by PHAIDON in 2001, it's a Roger Ballen's fifth book. Very disturbing, portraits from rural villages in South Africa - one of the strongest photo books I've seen in ages ... I know I say that often, but it really KICKS ASS.

This book is very rare, I found nothing on eBay, but of course, DASHWOOD BOOKS has it ...

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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' or villages of rural South Africa, Ballen's photography moved on in the late 1980s and early 1990s to their Inhabitants: isolated rural whites, 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. Through the late 1990s and into 2000, Ballen's work has progressed again. Continuing to portray whites on the fringe of South African society, his subjects begin to act.

Where previously his pictures, however troubling, fell firmly into the category of documentary photography, his new work moves into the realms of fiction. Ballen's characters act out dark and discomfiting tableaux, providing images which are exciting and disturbing in equal measure.

One is forced to wonder, whether they are exploited victims, colluding directly in their own ridicule, or newly empowered and active participants within the drama of their representation.









6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i fynd your blog not long time ago, and now i have a question, .
I imagine you dont ask everybody in your photos the permisse to take the shot, i mean legally you should do it, but how is it working in real life?

February 20, 2008 at 6:04 PM  
Blogger BOOGIE said...

...I ask sometimes, but no rules, sometimes I shoot first and ask later, whatever brings best results.

February 20, 2008 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger bds said...

Boogie

you might like this too

http://library.duke.edu/exhibits/dannywfrazier/photos/index.html

its a really great book

February 23, 2008 at 12:55 AM  
Blogger BOOGIE said...

I know that one - amazing book. I'd love to get THE RAVENS by MASAHISA FUKASE, but even the US version is around 500 bucks (Japanese original goes for 2-3 grand)

February 23, 2008 at 7:12 AM  
Anonymous gael said...

It's good to see you like famous photographers...Daïdo Moriyama with his ricoh (i have a collection of his books), Ballen, Andersen...take a look on "shadow chamber" by Ballen, if you like Moriyama, you have to see Yuichi Hibi. I wait your exhibition in Paris!
Do you know "Wintterheise" by Luc Delahaye? I think you like it!

February 26, 2008 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger BOOGIE said...

Just googled Yuichi Hibi - I love his/her stuff (not very good with Japanese names)

February 26, 2008 at 11:22 AM  

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