Animals in Art - Roger Ballen

Many people say my work is quite disturbing. 

I am so pleased to hear that. What a great thing!

Animal Abstraction, 2002

Artist's statement:

I have been shooting black and white film for nearly fifty years now. I believe I am part of the last generation that will grow up with this media. Black and White is a very minimalist art form and unlike color photographs does not pretend to mimic the world in a manner similar to the way the human eye might perceive. Black and White is essentially an abstract way to interpret and transform what one might refer to as reality.

My purpose in taking photographs over the past forty years has ultimately been about defining myself. It has been fundamentally a psychological and existential journey.

If an artist is one who spends his life trying to define his being, I guess I would have to call myself an artist.

Roger Ballen

Portrait of Sleeping Girl, 2000

Loner, 2001

Squawk, 2005

Puppy between Feet, 1999

Puppies in Fishtank, 2007


Appearances, 2003

Guardian, 2001

Bite 2007

Predators, 2007

Terrorized, 2006

Contemplation, 2004

Prickles, 2002

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