Roger Ballen Johannesburg, South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa
UC Berkeley, California
In this articulate 10-minute video interview, photographerprovides insight into his unique approach to image-making, psychology in art, and more. Enjoy!
This weird, disturbing, controversial and sometimes violent video, shows photographeron the site of his latest multi-year art project project in the slums of South Africa. ****Viewer discretion advised.****
I have been shooting black and white film for nearly fifty years now. I believe I am part of the last generation that will grow up with this media. Black and White is a very minimalist art form and unlike color photographs does not pretend to mimic the world in a manner similar to the way the human eye might perceive. Black and White is essentially an abstract way to interpret and transform what one might refer to as reality.
My purpose in taking photographs over the past forty years has ultimately been about defining myself. It has been fundamentally a psychological and existential journey.
If an artist is one who spends his life trying to define his being, I guess I would have to call myself an artist.