American-born photographer Roger Ballen has lived in Johannesburg, South Africa, since the 1970s and is known for his emotive, boundary-pushing imagery and storytelling through metaphor and symbolism. Originally shooting more in the tradition of photojournalism, his work evolved over the decades to a singular, interpretive vision, at times dark, always black and white, and often posing questions about the lines between interior and exterior self and interpretation.
Ballen’s work is held in museum collections worldwide and he is the author of twelve books. The exhibition, Lines, Marks, and Drawings: Through the Lens of Roger Ballen, will be on view at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, June 2013 through February 2014. He is represented by Gagosian Gallery.