Roger Ballen - Artist talk

Roger Ballen, Twirling-wires
Roger Ballen, Twirling-wires
Saturday 31 March 2012
2.00pm - 3.30pm
Standard ticket 10, Concession (student or unwaged) 7.50, Redeye member 5

Manchester Art Gallery and Redeye are pleased to present a talk and masterclass by one of the great photographers of his generation, Roger Ballen.

They coincide with the launch of a major exhibition Shadow Land, exploring three decades of his career, charting the evolution of his unique photographic style and demonstrating the contribution he has made to contemporary photography.

In his work from the early 1980s to mid 90s Roger Ballen gained world recognition and critical acclaim with his powerful and controversial images of those living on the margins of South African society. Although retaining the same distinctive aesthetic, (all his work is in black and white, square format) in the last decade his work has evolved into a style he describes as "documentary fiction" where the line between reality and fantasy is deliberately blurred. In doing so, his work enters into a new realm of photography; the images are painterly and sculptural in ways not immediately associated with photography.

For this talk, Roger Ballen will give an introduction to his work and an overview of his career.

Talk details



Tickets are priced as follows:

Standard ticket £10
Concession (student or unwaged) £7.50
Redeye member £5

Tickets are available via the Redeye website.


The masterclass, taking place on 1 April 2012, gives a small group the very rare chance to explore with Roger Ballen his work in greater depth, and learn about the creative, technical and business skills that have propelled his career. There's more information about the masterclass here.