Depicting the residents on fringes of Johannesburg, South Africa, “Outland” is one of the most compelling photographic documents of the late twentieth century.
Whilst working on "Outland" (1995–2000) the performative process of creating the photographs continued to develop and pushed the imagery into the deep hinterland between fact and fiction.
Photographed in front of stark walls covered with crude drawings, and amidst rough interiors strewn with newspapers, Ballen captured his subjects in a strange in-between world.
“Outland” has lost none of its impact since the project was first published in 2001 and this new book, including previously unpublished images, is the first opportunity to view and assess the project in its entirety.
Roger Ballen (1950) was born in New York and worked as a geologist and a mining consultant before beginning moving to Johannesburg in the 1980s. "Outland", first published by Phaidon in 2001, won Best Photographic Book of the Year at PhotoEspaña (2001), and Ballen went on to receive Photographer of the Year at the Rencontres d' Arles (2002). Ballen’s work has been the subject of over nearly 200 international solo exhibitions and is held in many notable international collections.
Roger Ballen: Outland
Hard cover, 156 pages
300 x 280 mm
ISBN 978 0 7148 6884 4
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