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Outland.

Photographs by Roger Ballen. Essay by Elisabeth Sussman.
Phaidon Press, 2015. 144 pp., 80 black-and-white illustrations, 11¼x12x1".



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The seminal work by photographer and artist Roger Ballen, re-released in an expanded edition with never-before-seen images from Ballen’s archive. Read the interview with Roger Ballen on photo-eye Blog.

The culmination of nearly 20 years of work, Outland marked Ballen’s move from documentary photography into the realms of fiction and propelled him into the international spotlight. Disturbing, exciting and impossible to forget, Ballen’s images captured people living on the fringes of South African society. His powerful psychological studies influenced a generation of artists and still resonate today.

First published in 2001, Outland is back in print and expanded to include 50 never-before-seen images from Ballen’s archive with illuminating new commentary from the artist himself.

  • The seminal work from photographer and artist Roger Ballen, re-released in an expanded edition with more than 30 never-before-seen images from his archive
  • The culmination of over 20 years of work, Outland marked a shift in Ballen’s practice from purely documentary photography
  • His powerful psychological studies have influenced a generation of artists
  • This revised edition includes a new essay by Elisabeth Sussman, Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

About Roger Ballen
Roger Ballen (b.1950) has lived and worked in Johannesburg, South Africa for more than 30 years. Born in New York, he worked as a geologist and mining consultant before starting his photographic career by documenting the small villages of rural South Africa and their isolated inhabitants. Outland, winner of Best Photography Book of the Year at PhotoEspaña in Madrid, Spain, was first published by Phaidon in 2001, followed by critically acclaimed Shadow Chamber and Boarding House (Phaidon, 2005 and 2008). Ballen is represented by Gagosian Gallery. 


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