Outland - Signed Edition

Hand signed by Roger Ballen. A powerful portrayal of whites on the fringes of South African society.

Introduction by Peter Weiermair


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Outland is one of the most extraordinary photographic documents of the late twentieth century. Roger Ballen's photographs of whites on the fringe of South African society are disturbing, exciting and impossible to forget.

is the culmination of almost twenty years' work for artist-photographer Roger Ballen. After beginning in the early 1980s by documenting the small ‘dorps’ or villages of rural South Africa, by the late 1980s and early 1990s Ballen moved on to photographing their inhabitants: isolated rural whites, scarred by history, in the process of losing the privileges of apartheid which had provided them livelihoods and sustained their identity for a generation. The results were shocking, both powerful social statements and disturbing psychological studies.

Through the late 1990s and into 2000, Ballen’s work progressed again. He continued to portray whites on the fringe of South African society, not just in rural areas but also in and around Johannesburg. Where previously his pictures, however troubling, fell firmly into the category of documentary photography, his new work moves into the realms of fiction. Ballen’s subjects and characters begin to act out dark and discomfiting tableaux, providing images which are exciting and disturbing in equal measure. One is forced to wonder whether they are exploited victims, colluding directly in their own ridicule, or newly empowered and active participants within the drama of their representation.

Outland was named Best Photographic book of the Year at PhotoEspaña 2001, Madrid, Spain.


Format: Hardback
Size: 250 x 250 mm (9 7/8 x 9 7/8 in)
Pages: 120 pp
Illustrations: 0 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714840581S

Roger Ballen (b.1950) has lived and worked in Johannesburg, South Africa, for 30 years. Born in New York, he worked as a geologist and mining consultant before starting his own photographic career by documenting the small villages of rural South Africa and their isolated inhabitants. His images are both powerful social statements and disturbing psychological explorations. He is also the author of Shadow Chamber and Boarding House, both published by Phaidon.

Peter Weiermair is an art historian and curator. He was formerly Director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany, the Rupertinum Museum in Salzburg, Austria and the Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Bologna, Italy.Peter Weiermair is Director of the Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Bologna, Italy.

'Compelling, powerful, haunting.' (Guardian)

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