Outland: Photographing The Derelict Fringes Of South Africa

Apr 26, 2015

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer and content strategist based in Hawi, Hawaii. Her work has been shared by top publications like The New York Times, Adobe, and others.

Outland: Photographing The Derelict Fringes Of South Africa

Apr 26, 2015

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer and content strategist based in Hawi, Hawaii. Her work has been shared by top publications like The New York Times, Adobe, and others.

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roger-ballen1Roger Ballen, talented New York based photographer, has dedicated many years of his life travelling to some of the most interesting fringes to explore South African culture and lifestyle. Ballen has hand selected 45 of the most powerful images from his journey to include in his new photo essay titled “Outland“.

During an interview with Ballen, he explained his approach to the photographs was not documentary photography in it’s traditional form, rather, the photographer said:

“I started to work with the subjects in a theatrical, performative way. I was there to transform reality.”

The Interview

https://vimeo.com/125560451

Roger Ballen’s Outland — The Film

In conjunction with the book, Ballen served as executive producer to complete a short film (also titled Outland), with filmmaker, Ben Jay Crossman. You can watch the film, below, but be warned, some of the imagery can be considered graphic.

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3 responses to “Outland: Photographing The Derelict Fringes Of South Africa”

  1. Dan Avatar
    Dan

    Its painful stuff, but the ‘enlightened’ world should be aware of that

  2. Infinite Madness. Avatar
    Infinite Madness.

    This is the style of photography I tried doing in NYC in the 80’s being partially successful at the time. I had moved and never found subject matter as I found there. It’s kind of in my blood as I still have the desire to try more of it. Thanks for doing this. Great images!

  3. H Cardeal Avatar
    H Cardeal

    Could someone explain to me more about this place? I’m looking for this documentary , what happened to these people , but I haven’t found yet.