On one of my many visits to Shoreditch, I came across a tiny little bookshop where I discovered  Roger Allen, an American photographer who I am officially in love with.

Without boring you with too much detail, Ballen, who has been living in South Africa for over 30 years, started documenting the lives of people in rural parts of SA, exploring themes of poverty and inequality. He works only with black and white film because he believes its an abstract way of interpreting reality. As you can image, Ballen has a huge body of work, so putting everything in one post would not be doing the artist any justice.  I’ve decided to dedicate the next few posts to exploring his journey in South Africa over the years.

Today we will be looking at Platteland, which is a series of photographs that were taken to show the irony of life following apartheid. The failure of the system is clearly shown in the images, which highlights the suffering of white inhabitants of smaller towns who lived in poverty and were shut out from rest of society.

Stay tuned for more, trust me it gets better 🙂




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Source-Roger Ballen 


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