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Ballenesque (Collector's Edition)

Roger Ballen: A Retrospective

Roger Ballen


The Collector's Edition of Ballenesque, including a print (Candlelight, 2014) signed and numbered by Roger Ballen

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Limited to 100 copies (+ 5 artist's copies) numbered 1-100. Includes a print of 'Candlelight' (2014), signed and numbered by Roger Ballen.

Separated into four parts, Ballenesque takes readers on a visual, chronological journey through Roger Ballen’s entire oeuvre, including both iconic images and previously unpublished photographs. Part I explores his formative artistic influences and his later rediscovery of boyhood through photography, culminating in his first published monograph, Boyhood, in 1979. Part II then charts the period between 1980 and 2000, during which time his deeper search for the elemental self found its way into the ‘Dorps’, or small towns, of South Africa and concluding with the release of his seminal monograph Outland. Part III covers the years 2000–2013, when Ballen achieved global recogition with Shadow Chamber and Boarding House and his work began to veer away from portraiture altogether. Finally, in Part IV, Ballen reflects upon his career in its entirety.

With over 300 photographs and an introduction by eminent academic Robert J. C. Young, this book provides both an entirely new way of seeing Ballen’s work for those who already follow his career and a comprehensive introduction for those encountering his photographs for the first time.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback in slipcase

Edition Type: The Collector's Edition

Size: 32.0 x 30.0 cm

Extent: 336 pp

Illustrations: 330

Publication date: 14 September 2017

ISBN: 9780500544938

Contents List

Introduction by Robert J.C. Young • 1. Finding the Core: Early work; Boyhood • 2. Digging Deeper: Dorps; Platteland; Outland • 3. Refining and Expanding: Shadow Chamber; Boarding House; Asylum of the Birds • 4. The Space of the Mind: Leica photographs; Theatre of Apparitions; Ah Rats • Notes and epilogue

About the Author

Roger Ballen is one of the most important and distinctive art photographers working today. His previous books with Thames & Hudson include Asylum of the Birds, The Theatre of Apparitions and Ballenesque.

Robert J. C. Young, FBA is Julius Silver Professor of English and Comparative Literature at New York University.

List of Contributors

Robert J. C. Young

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