Roger Ballen

United States 1950

Photography

www.rogerballen.com

Roger Ballen
Roger Ballen
Male
United States
1950
May 7, 2013
Behind the pseudonym of Lor Dethal lies Nemanja Torlak, a writer for Widewalls intrigued and moved by diversity in art and in the lives of those who create it. It is often the unexpected that come forth and surprise us, and art is a world that allows it and makes it possible. David beats the Goliath daily, and writing about it is a pleasure.

Photography is, by its definition, a way to explore the outside world. Since its invention, it has allowed people to experience places they are otherwise unable to visit. For Roger Ballen, an American photographer, it is more than that. It is a way through which he gets to know himself. An existential journey leading towards a definition of his very being. He is one of the last photographers to shoot solely in black and white, approaching the forms of minimalism, but also avoiding the temptations of capturing the world around himself as our eyes see it.

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Roger Ballen – Eulogy, 2004 (Left) / Cut Loose, 2005 (Right)

Education and Moving to South Africa

Roger Ballen studied psychology at University of California, Berkeley where he graduated in 1972. That is possibly an explanation of his inward pointed style of photography, as he uses the world around himself as a tool in the quest for a deeper understanding of himself. By the time he obtained his degree, he had already developed a passion for photography. The introduction to the field in which he’s so successful today came through his mother, who was associated with Magnum, one of the world’s most prestigious photo agencies. She also started one the first photo galleries in the United States and had worked with Henri Cartier-Bresson and André Kertész. Her passing in the January of 1973 had a major impact on Ballen. Fresh out of college and quite restless, he left the country and began a journey that would last for four and half years, an overland trip from Cairo to Capetown. After spending some time in South Africa, he once again took off. This time, the road led him from Istanbul to New Guinea (it lasted two and a half years), during which he completed his first book, titled Boyhood.

In 1977, Ballen went back to the United States and completed his Ph.D. in Mineral Economics at the Colorado School of Mines in 1982. The same year he went back to South Africa to pursue the mining explorations and anything related to minerals, as the country was well-endowed with minerals. He married a local girl and has been living there ever since. Despite the political problems and the issues of apartheid, he liked it there, and in fact used these questions to improve his photography. Since the end of apartheid, he was studying how this political change has affected himself and the people in his surroundings. However, it was still a hobby to him, and not something he would actively do and rely on it to provide money and food on the table. He did not sell his pictures (or offered them in any real way) until about 2000 when his book titled Outland came out. With it, the fame and recognition came. Suddenly, his photographs were high in demand, and Ballen decided to put significantly more time in photography and finally began observing it as a profession rather than a hobby.

The journey led him to South Africa, which became his new home

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Roger Ballen – Ceylon, 1979 (Left) / Timor, 1979 (Right)

Installation and Composition

Ballen accepted Henri Cartier-Bresson’s concept of the decisive moment and states that it is the most important concept in photography. This ultimate moment brings all things together in such a way that there’s an authenticity to the meaning that the artist is trying to portray. Speaking of composition, the work of Paul Strand (who used a big format camera and created images that were very tight and formalistic in their own way) was very influential for Ballen. Walker Evans (especially between 1982 and 1986), as well. André Kertész was arguably the most important, as he revealed to Ballen that photography can go beyond being simply documentary and ultimately become art. As for installations and sculpture, so often incorporated in his work, the artist thinks they leave a bigger impact as parts of photography than they could do as individual pieces. The drawings, similar to Art Brut, are made by children, the insane ones or people living on the margins of the society. It is wonderful to observe the evolution of Ballen’s style – at first, the faces were in the center, drawing all the focus to themselves. As he began paying more attention to the composition, he moved away from the faces. Every picture is thought-out in its detail, and each element which you can find in them has the same importance as the other elements. The fact that every element is equally important is probably the reason he prefers the square as a format. A rectangular form usually means that the horizontal is more important than the vertical.

Every picture is thought-out in its detail

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Roger Ballen – Curled Up, 1998 (Left) / Dejected, 1999 (Right)

Comments on the Wave of Darkness

Many viewers say the photographs are dark and disturbing. Ballen actually uses the depths of comments to read people’s depth of understanding themselves. Looking pictures, we tend to see what we truly are, how we feel, what we are afraid of. Even that dark and disturbing side of us that so often makes us nervous and anxious. The artist thrives on finding the dark and hidden side of himself. However, Ballen never makes a direct reference to a specific concept, as the pictures shouldn’t be so unidimensional. They should have multiple meanings, sometimes even opposite meanings. In fact, rather than working with clear and predefined concepts, he works with visual relationships, as they have their own energy and way of integrating into some sort of coherent meaning. That coherent meaning should have multiple relationships and it should elicit people’s emotions in ways they can’t necessarily put words to. The photographer doesn’t feel that the pictures are dark, disturbing, beautiful, or anything. “They actually are what they are and the less words you can find for those pictures probably the better they are.”

Rather than working with concepts, he explores visual relationships

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Roger Ballen – Cat In Pipe, 2003 (Left) / School Room, 2003 (Right)

Notable Series

Books have always been the final output of Ballen’s photographic narrative, and he pays much more attention to them than the selling of prints. As a part of business, selling photographs is fine, but it’s not the goal. The real goal in his career has been geared towards making books, as they have that aura of permanence around them. An exhibition comes and goes, but the book is there to stay. Speaking of them, there are several series that have reached their peak in the form of a book. As mentioned above, his first book was titled Boyhood, exploring the boyhood itself. From the Himalayas of Nepal, the islands of Indonesia, the provinces of China, the streets of America – this four-year long project depicts all the magic of growing up, revealed through boys’ games, adventures, dreams, mischief. The viewers slowly begin to realize that the boys everywhere share the concept of boyhood, no matter how different their cultures may be. Outland is certainly one of the most extraordinary photographic books of the late 2-th century. Moving from the small villages in rural South Africa in the late 80’s and the early 90’s, Ballen shifted his focus on the inhabitants. These isolated whites, undeniably scarred by history, are depicted going through the process of losing the privileges they were given by the apartheid regime. Visually shocking, the images are actually both deep psychological studies and powerful social statements. This series marked his departure from documentary photography, and his embrace of the realm of fiction. Published in 2001, Outland was named Best Photographic book of the year at PhotoEspaña 2001.

Following his Outland venture in the realm of fiction, Ballen explores the underbelly of existence in Shadow Chamber. Taking a big leap into a metaphoric dimension with multiple conscious and subconscious meaning, he created a way of seeing that makes an important and historic contribution to art photography. Blurring the boundaries between documentary photography and other art forms (sculpture, theater, painting), Ballen captured ambiguous pictures of people, animals, and objects posed in mysterious, cell-like rooms that occupy the gray area between fact and fiction. Resulting in complete abstraction, Ballen’s images are not defined by the origins or specific location of the characters he photographs. He was rather focused on the interactions between the people, animals, and objects that inhabit mysterious rooms – the shadow chamber. Both animals and people in this series appear isolated, lost and estranged, but at the same time strangely empowered as well. Surreal and intriguing, these photographs are once again powerful psychological studies. Shadow Chamber was published in 2005. The photographs in Asylum of the Birds were all taken entirely within the confines of a house in a Johannesburg suburb, the location of which remains a tightly guarded secret. The cast, consisting of the house’s inhabitants, both people and animals, but most notably, the ever-present birds – performs within a sculptural and decorated theatrical interior that the Ballen himself created and orchestrated. Compelling and dynamic, richly layered with graffiti, drawings, animals, and found objects, the resulting images exist somewhere between still life and portrait. Asylum of the Birds was published in 2014.

Between a book and a print, he always chooses the book format

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Roger Ballen – Five Hands, 2006 (Left) / Alter Ego, 2010 (Right)

Roger Ballen and the Journey from Within

Through a photograph, Roger Ballen tries to delve into his interior, to mirror the dynamics of that, visually, in some way or another. It’s all about doing down one’s own shadow zone with a camera and a flash, and once in that place, taking pictures. His images are staged, but they report a certain attitude towards life. It’s consists of death, good and bad, dark. Dealing things in front of him, the photographer doesn’t try to make value judgments. There’s more to life than having to try to deal with the issue of morality. Life’s a little short for that. His images follow his philosophy, as Roger Ballen is just trying to look deep inside and figure out who Roger Ballen is.

He is represented by Kunzt Gallery.

Roger Ballen lives and works in Johannesburg.

Featured image: Roger Ballen at MARTa Herford – image copyright Helmut Dietz
All other images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016The House ProjectGallery Momo, Cape TownSolo
2016Roger Ballen with Asger CarlsenV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2016Roger BallenCarpentier Gallery, Berlin, GermanySolo
2016Roger BallenCentral Academy of Fine Art Museum, BeijingSolo
2016Roger BallenCentro Fotografico Manuel Alvarez Bravo, MexicoSolo
2016Roger BallenEtherton Gallery, Tucson, United StatesSolo
2016Roger BallenFototeca, Monterrey, MexicoSolo
2016Roger BallenGalleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, ItalySolo
2016Roger BallenHamilton Gallery, London, UKSolo
2016Roger BallenJames Fuentes, New York City, United StatesSolo
2016Roger BallenJoao Barbado, Lisboa, PortugalSolo
2016Roger BallenMuseo Arocena ,Torreon, MexicoSolo
2016Roger BallenNatalie and James Thompson Art Gallery, San Jose State University, San Jose, United StatesSolo
2016Roger BallenSNAP! Gallery, Orlando, Florida, United StatesSolo
2016Roger BallenSoutheast Musuem of Photography, Daytona, United StatesSolo
2016Roger BallenSydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, AustraliaSolo
2016Roger BallenTEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes/Museum Dr Guislain GentSolo
2016Roger BallenVon der Heydt-Kunsthalle, Wuppertal-BarmenSolo
2015MasksGalerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2015Roger BallenBogota Photo Festival, Bogota, ColombiaSolo
2015Roger BallenCAFAM, Beijing, ChinaSolo
2015Roger BallenChazen Museum of Art, Wisconsin, United StatesSolo
2015Roger BallenDavid Krut Gallery, Johannesburg, South AfricaSolo
2015Roger BallenFrigoriferi Milanesi, Milan, ItalySolo
2015Roger BallenFried Gallery, Pretoria, South AfricaSolo
2015Roger BallenGalerie Karsten Greve, Koln, GermanySolo
2015Roger BallenGalerie Rudolphe Janssen, Masks, Brussels, BelgiumSolo
2015Roger BallenGalerie Senda, Barcelona, SpainSolo
2015Roger BallenKafka House, Prague, Czech RepublicSolo
2015Roger BallenKyotographie, Kyoto, JapanSolo
2015Roger BallenLa Fabrica, Madrid, SpainSolo
2015Roger BallenMontserrat, Barcelona, SpainSolo
2015Roger BallenMuseu de Arte Contemporanea, Universidade de Sao Paulo, BrazilSolo
2015Roger BallenMuseum of Image, Braga, PortugalSolo
2015Roger BallenPhotoink, New Delhi, IndiaSolo
2015Roger BallenPori Art Museum, Pori , FinlandSolo
2015Roger BallenSerlachius Museum, Mänttä, FinlandSolo
2014The 12th stopSamara Art Museum, RussiaGroup
2014Roger BallenAtlas Sztuki, Lodz, PolandSolo
2014Roger BallenChristophe Guye Galerie, Zurich, SwitzerlandSolo
2014Roger BallenCirca Gallery, JohannesburgSolo
2014Roger BallenFestival de la Luz, Buenos AiresSolo
2014Roger BallenFotografiska, Stockholm, SwedenSolo
2014Asylum of the BirdsGalerie Karsten Greve, Paris Photo, FranceSolo
2014Roger BallenKulungwana, Maputo, MozambiqueSolo
2014Roger BallenKunst- und Kulturzentrum Monschau, Aachen, DeutschlandSolo
2014Roger BallenMoscow Media Centre, Moscow RussiaSolo
2014Roger BallenMusee Nicephore Niepce, Chalon-sur-Saone, FranceSolo
2014Roger BallenMuseo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Rome, ItalySolo
2014Roger BallenMuseu Oscar Niemeyer, BrazilSolo
2014Roger BallenMuseum Dr Guislain, Gent, BelgiumSolo
2014Roger BallenMuseum Villa Stuck, Munich, GermanySolo
2014Roger BallenOliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein, South AfricaSolo
2014Roger BallenParis Photo, Grand Palais, Paris, FranceSolo
2013NacogdochesSFA Galleries, Texas, USAGroup
2013Roger BallenBelfast Photo Festival, Belfast, Northern IslandSolo
2013Roger BallenGalerie Clairefontaine, LuxembourgSolo
2013Roger BallenJohannesburg Art Fair, South AfricaSolo
2013Roger BallenMaison De L’Image Documentaire, The CeTavoiR Association, Paris, FranceSolo
2013Roger BallenMuseum of Old and New, Hobart AustraliaSolo
2013Roger BallenNikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, DenmarkSolo
2013Roger BallenPhotoink, New Delhi, IndiaSolo
2013Roger BallenPingao International Photography Festival, ChinaSolo
2013Roger BallenPalm Springs Art Museum, California, USASolo
2013Roger BallenSmithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USASolo
2013Roger BallenWestlicht, Schauplatz fur Fotografie, Vienna, AustriaSolo
2012UnknownManomentr Gallery, Moscow, RussiaGroup
2012Photo FestivalArezzo, Italy Group
2012Art of Others, Outsiders, Self Taught and Navive ArtistsHaifa Museum, Haifa IsraelGroup
2012The Art of Photography ShowSan Diego Art Institute, San Diego, California, USAGroup
2012Confounding: Contemporary PhotographyNational Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
2012Domestic Disorder in Contemporary ArtMusexpo, Gouggainville, FranceGroup
2012PlayTurnhout, Antwerp, BelgiumGroup
2012The Rise and Fall of ApartheidInternational Centre of Photography, New York, USAGroup
2012Seeing EyeBrundyn and Gonsalves, Cape Town, SAGroup
2012Tender and CruelTim Mellville Gallery, Auckland, New ZealandGroup
2012Traumwelten – In the Court of the King of DreamsKunsthalle HGN, Duderstadt, GermanyGroup
2012TwinsCenter for Photography, Woodstock, New York, USAGroup
2012Roger BallenErdmann Contemporary & the Photographers Gallery za, Cape Town, South AfricaSolo
2012Roger BallenGuate Festival, Guatemala de la Asuncion, GuatemalaSolo
2012Roger BallenKleinschmidt Fine Photographs, Wiesbaden, GermanySolo
2012Roger BallenKunstalle, Vienna, AustriaSolo
2012Roger BallenManchester Art Museum, EnglandSolo
2012Roger BallenMarta Herford Museum, Herford, GermanySolo
2012Roger BallenMusee de l Elysee, Lausanne SwitzerlandSolo
2012Roger BallenMuseu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janiero, BrazilSolo
2012Roger BallenNorthwest University Museum, Potchestroom, South AfricaSolo
2012Roger BallenNovosibirsk Art Museum, RussiaSolo
2012Roger BallenRosphoto, St Pieterburg, RussiaSolo
2012Roger BallenTel Aviv Museum of Art, IsraelSolo
2011UnknownNovosibirsk State Museum of Local History, Novosibirsk, RussiaGroup
2011UnknownKrasnoyarsk cultural Museum Centre, RussiaGroup
2011UnknownRoba Gallery, Omsk, RussiaGroup
2011UnknownChelyabinsk Museum of arts, Chelyabinsk, RussiaGroup
2011UnknownMetenkov Museum of photography, Ekaterinburg, RussiaGroup
2011UnknownGallery of the American University in Paris, FranceGroup
2011UnknownEumeria Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo,JapanGroup
2011High Speed InsanityBlomquist, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2011UnknownNational Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru, IndiaGroup
2011RealFotogalerie Wien, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2011UnknownMuseu de Arte Contemporanea de Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilGroup
2011The Kasper Collection of Drawings and PhotographsThe Morgan Library & Museum, New York, USAGroup
2011Roger BallenAngkor Photo Festival, CambodiaSolo
2011Roger BallenFahey Klein, Los Angles, CaliforniaSolo
2011Roger BallenFondazione Terre Medicee, Seravezza, ItalySolo
2011Roger BallenGalerie Alex Daniels – Reflex Amsterdam, The NetherlandsSolo
2011Roger BallenGalleri Tom Christoffersen, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
2011Roger BallenMannheim Ludwigshafen Heidelberg, GermanySolo
2011Roger BallenLe Mois de la Photo a Montreal, CanadaSolo
2011Roger BallenMuseum Het Domein, Sittard, NetherlandsSolo
2011Roger BallenOmsk Museum, RussiaSolo
2011Roger BallenSammlung Prinzhorn, Outland and Shadow Chamber, Heidelberg, GermanySolo
2010Out of controlBIP 2010, 7th International Biennial of Photography and Visual Arts, LiegeGroup
2010PEEKABOOHelsinki Art Museum Tennis Palace, FinlandGroup
20107th LaneEllen-K Fine Art Photography, NorwayGroup
2010Skotia Gallery First Biennial Photography InvitationalSanta Fe, USAGroup
2010UnknownZacheta National Gallery, Warsaw, PolandGroup
2010Roger BallenBozar, BrusselsSolo
2010Roger BallenComune di Arco-Galleria Civica, ItalySolo
2010Roger BallenCentro de Arte la Regenta, Las Palmas, SpainSolo
2010Roger BallenFestival of Photography of Savignano, ItalySolo
2010Roger BallenGallery Photographer RU, Moscow, RussiaSolo
2010Roger BallenGalerie Sabine Knust, Munich, GermanySolo
2010Roger BallenGaleria Max EstrellaSolo
2010Roger BallenGaleria Senda Barcelona, SpainSolo
2010Roger BallenGalerie Kamel Mennour, Paris, FranceSolo
2010Roger BallenGeorge Eastman House, Rochester, USASolo
2010Roger BallenIziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South AfricaSolo
2010Roger BallenJackson Fine Art, Atlanta, USASolo
2010Roger BallenLismore Regional Gallery, AustraliaSolo
2010Roger BallenPhotonet Galerie, Wiesbaden, GermanySolo
2010Roger BallenRooke Gallery, Johannesburg, South AfricaSolo
2010Roger BallenSammlungsleiter Fotomuseum, Munich, GermanySolo
2010Roger BallenStenersen Museum, OsloSolo
2010Roger BallenSydney Biennale, AustraliaSolo
2010Roger BallenUniversity of the OFS, South AfricaSolo
2010Roger BallenUbuntu, Salzburg AustriaSolo
2010Roger BallenUbuntu, Berlin, GermanySolo
2009Roger BallenAuckland University of Technology, New ZealandSolo
2009Roger BallenAura Gallery, ShanghaiSolo
2009Roger BallenCity Museum of Ljubljana, SloveniaSolo
2009Roger BallenGagosian Gallery, New York, USASolo
2009Roger BallenGalerie Wolfsen, DenmarkSolo
2009Roger BallenGalerija Fotografija, Ljubljana, SloveniaSolo
2009Roger BallenGalleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, ItalySolo
2009Roger BallenHamiltons Gallery, London, UKSolo
2009Roger BallenJohnen Gallery, Berlin, GermanySolo
2009Roger BallenMonash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, AustraliaSolo
2009Roger BallenNational Library of Australia, CanberraSolo
2009Roger BallenOntario College of Art & Design, Toronto, OntarioSolo
2009Roger BallenTriennale, Milan, ItalySolo
2009Roger BallenUniversity of Johannesburg, South AfricaSolo
2009Roger BallenUniversity of Pretoria, South AfricaSolo
2009Roger BallenUniversity of the Orange Free State, South AfricaSolo
2008Untitled - VicariousGagosian Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2008After NatureNew Museum, New York USAGroup
2008New York Photo FestivalNew York USAGroup
2008Cautionary TalesAlbuquerque USAGroup
2008Roger BallenAEREA - Christian Larsen, Stockholm, SwedenSolo
2008Roger BallenArt Gallery of Western AustraliaSolo
2008Roger BallenBWA Gallery, Katowice, PolandSolo
2008Roger BallenGaleria vanGuardia, Bilbao, SpainSolo
2008Roger BallenHertzelia Artists Host Centre, Tel Aviv, IsraelSolo
2008Roger BallenOmaggio a Federico Vender at Palazzo dei Panni of Arco TrentoSolo
2008Roger BallenSu Palatu, SardiniaSolo
2007Roger BallenAura Gallery, Hong KongSolo
2007Roger BallenClint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto, CanadaSolo
2007Roger BallenDeichtorhallen, HamburgSolo
2007Roger BallenGalerie Photonet, Wiesbaden GermanySolo
2007Roger BallenJackson Fine Art, Atlanta, USASolo
2007Roger BallenJohannesburg Art Gallery, JohannesburgSolo
2007Roger BallenRobert Klein Gallery, BostonSolo
2007Roger BallenTrafo Gallery, Oslo, NorwaySolo
2007Roger BallenYours Gallery, Warsaw, PolandSolo
2006Roger BallenAtlanta College of Arts, USASolo
2006Roger BallenBerlin Biennial, BerlinSolo
2006Roger BallenBiblioteque Nationale, ParisSolo
2006Roger BallenChristian Dam Gallery, Oslo, NorwaySolo
2006Roger BallenEverard Read, Johannesburg, South AfricaSolo
2006Roger BallenFahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, USASolo
2006Roger BallenFotografisk Center, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
2006Roger BallenGaleria Senda, Barcelona, SpainSolo
2006Roger BallenGalerie Johnen + Schottle, CologneSolo
2006Roger BallenGalerie Kamel Mennour, Paris, FranceSolo
2006Roger BallenGalerie Nicola von Senger, Zurich, SwitzerlandSolo
2006Roger BallenGuido Costa Projects, Torino, ItalySolo
2006Roger BallenMuseum voor Fotografie, AntwerpSolo
2006Roger BallenNational Arts Festival, South AfricaSolo
2006Roger BallenOliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloem, South AfricaSolo
2006Roger BallenPhotographer’s Gallery, Cape Town, South AfricaSolo
2006Roger BallenSasol Museum, Stellenbosch, South AfricaSolo
2006Roger BallenStills Gallery, Sydney, AustraliaSolo
2006Roger BallenXavier Hufkens, Brussels, BelgiumSolo
2005Roger Ballen, Alec South, Vera LutterGagosian Gallery, New York, ChelseaGroup
2005SnapsGoodman Gallery, Johannesburg South AfricaGroup
2005Roger BallenAura Gallery, ShanghaiSolo
2005Roger BallenFrans Hals Museum, HaarlemSolo
2005Roger BallenDurban Art Gallery, South AfricaSolo
2005Roger BallenReflex Gallery, AmsterdamSolo
2005Roger BallenGagosian Gallery, New YorkSolo
2004Dog Days of SummerUniversity of California Riverside-California Museum of PhotographyGroup
2004Making FacesMusee de l’Elysee, FranceGroup
2004Roger Ballen PhotographsBerkeley Art Museum, University of CaliforniaSolo
2004Roger BallenBerkeley Art Museum, CaliforniaSolo
2004Roger BallenLe Chateau d’ eau a ToulouseSolo
2004Roger BallenState Museum of Russia, St PetersburgSolo
2003Roger BallenGalerie Mennour, ParisSolo
2003Roger BallenGalleria Carla Sozzani, ItalySolo
2002Citigroup Photography PrizeLondonGroup
2002DislocationSala Rekalde, Bilbao, SpainGroup
2002DislocationCentro Cultural de Maia O’Porto, PortugalGroup
2002New Documentary PhotographyVictoria and Albert Museum, LondonGroup
2002UnknownNational Portrait Gallery, LondonGroup
2002Roger BallenCentro Cultural de Maia, O’PortoSolo
2002Roger BallenGallery of Photography, DublinSolo
2002Roger BallenGalleria D’arte Moderna, Bologna, ItalySolo
2002Roger BallenGagosian Gallery, New YorkSolo
2002Roger BallenGagosian Gallery, Los AngelesSolo
2002Roger BallenMuseum of Contemporary Art, San DiegoSolo
2002Roger BallenMusee Nicephore NiepceSolo
2002Roger BallenMuseo Nazionalle Italy, BresciaSolo
2002Roger BallenMuseet for Fotokunst, OdenseSolo
2002Roger BallenNuku Gallery, OuluSolo
2002Roger BallenSala Rekalde, BilbaoSolo
2001Recent AcquisitionsStedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsGroup
2001Hall of MirrorsMuseet for Fotokunst, Odense, DenmarkGroup
2001Roger BallenAssociation for Visual Arts, Cape TownSolo
2001Roger BallenEncontros da imagem, Braga, PortugalSolo
2001Roger BallenFotoforum, FrankfurtSolo
2001Roger BallenGoodman Gallery, JohannesburgSolo
2001Roger BallenHasselblad Center, GutenbergSolo
2001Roger BallenInternational Photo Festival HertenSolo
2001Roger BallenKicken Gallery, BerlinSolo
2001Roger BallenKrefelder Kunstmuseen, KrefeldSolo
2001Roger BallenMateo Inurria, CordobaSolo
2001Roger BallenPhotoEspana, MadridSolo
2001Roger BallenPrintemps de Septembre a ToulouseSolo
2001Roger BallenRupertinum, SalzburgSolo
2001Roger BallenShine Gallery, LondonSolo
2001Roger BallenWurttembergischer Kunstverein, StuttgartSolo
2000Portraits of AfricaHaus der Kulturen der Welt, BerlinGroup
2000Roger BallenMuseum of Photography, AthensSolo
2000Roger BallenNoordelicht, AmsterdamSolo
2000Roger BallenRoyal Theatre of Namur, BelgiumSolo
2000Roger BallenSani Festival, GreeceSolo
2000Roger BallenThessaloniki, Month of PhotographySolo
1999UnknownNational Portrait Gallery, LondonGroup
1999New Natural HistoryNational Museum of Photography of Film & Television, Bradford, United KingdomGroup
1999Roger BallenFait & Cause, ParisSolo
1999Roger BallenMelkweg, AmsterdamSolo
1999Roger BallenMonth of Photography, BratislavaSolo
1999Roger BallenMonth of Photography, Cape TownSolo
1998Comment Jouer EnfermementMaison Europeene de la Photographie, ParisGroup
1998Roger BallenKunsthaus, ZurichSolo
1998Roger BallenKunstal Museum, RotterdamSolo
1997Double Vie, Double VueFondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporaine, ParisGroup
1997UnknownSouth African National Gallery, Cape Town, South AfricanGroup
1996Roger BallenEindhoven Photographic Festival, Eindhoven, The NetherlandsSolo
1996Roger BallenTarranto Gallery, New York CitySolo
1995Roger BallenArles Photographic Festival, ArlesSolo
1995Roger BallenRoyal Festival Hall-Hayward, LondonSolo
1994Roger BallenAfrikaner Museum, JohannesburgSolo
1994Roger BallenMichaelis Collection, Cape TownSolo
1986Roger BallenGoodman Gallery, JohannesburgSolo
1986Roger BallenPretoria Art Museum, PretoriaSolo
1986Roger BallenShell Gallery, Cape TownSolo
1982Roger BallenMarket Theatre, JohannesburgSolo
1981Roger BallenCentre for Photography, DenverSolo