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.