Roger Ballen Catalogue
Roger Ballen
Chronology
1950
Born in New York, New York.
 
1968
Buys a Nikon camera and begins to photograph civil rights activists and anti-Vietnam War protesters of the late 1960s.
 
1972
Receives Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley.
 
1978
Returns to the United States after traveling from Cairo to Cape Town and from Istanbul to New Guinea.
 
1979
Publication of first book, Boyhood, a collection of photographs from recent travels.
 
1982
Receives Ph.D. in Mineral Economics from the Colorado School of Mines.

Settles in Johannesburg, South Africa, where practice as a mining entrepreneur brings him to remote outlying regions of the country.

 
1986
Publication of Dorps, Small towns of South Africa.

Begins using square-format Rolleiflex camera.

 
1994
Publication of Platteland, Images of Rural South Africa.
 
2000
Best Solo Exhibition, Sani Festival. Halkidiki, Greece.
 
2001
Publication of Outland.

Outland receives Book of the Year Award, PHotoEspa˝a Festival in Madrid, Spain, and Best Documentary Title Award, Photo-Eye's "Best Photography Books of 2001."

Special Mention, UNICEF Photo of the Year International Award.

 
2002
Citigroup Photography Prize, Finalist. London, United Kingdom.
 
Photographer of the Year Award, Rencontres d' Arles.
 
ArtForum "Best of 2002." Selected by Vince Aletti.
 
2004
ArtForum "Best of 2004." Selected by Matthew Higgs, director of White Columns, New York.
 
2005
Publication of Shadow Chamber.
 
2006
Art Directors Club Award, Photography.
 
2009
PhotoEspana 2009, Madrid Spain, Honourable mention - Best Photographic Book of the Year for Boarding House.
 
2010
Lucie Awards, Finalist. Curator/Exhibition of the Year: Roger Ballen: Photographs 1982 - 2009. Curated by Dr. Anthony Bannon for the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York.
 
2012
Currently lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.
 
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