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Roger Ballen

Roger Ballen is one of the most important photographers of his generation. He was born in New York in 1950 but has been living and working in South Africa for over 30 years. Over the past fifty years his distinctive style of photography has evolved using a simple square format in stark and beautiful black and white. In his earlier works his connection to the tradition of documentary photography is clear but through the 1990s he developed a style he describes as 'Ballenesque'. Over the past two decades, Ballen has employed drawings, painting, collage and sculptural techniques to create enigmatic, mysterious sets to create his images in. Roger Ballen has invented a new hybrid aesthetic in these works but one still rooted firmly in photography. Gabriele Tinti is an Italian poet and writer. He has worked with the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Roman Museum, the Capitolini Museums, the Archeological Museum in Naples, the Ara Pacis Museums and the Glyptothek of Munich composing poems for ancient works of art including theBoxer at Rest, theDiscobolus, theArundel Head, theLudovisi Gaul, theVictorious Youth, theFarnese Hercules, theElgin marblesfrom the Parthenon, theBarberini Faunand many other masterpieces. His poems have been performed by actors like Joe Mantegna, Michael Imperioli, Burt Young, Marton Csokas, Alessandro Haber, Robert Davi and Franco Nero.In 2016 Tinti published "Last Words" (Skira Rizzoli) a collection of found poetry in association with Andres Serrano.

Books by Roger Ballen