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Roger Ballen's Asylum of the Birds

Asylum of the Birds showcases Roger Ballen's iconic photographs, existing somewhere between still life and portrait.

A film by Roger Ballen

Directed by Ben Crossman


About the Book


Roger Ballen is one of the most original image makers of the twenty-first century. Asylum of the Birds showcases his iconic photographs, which were all taken entirely within the confines of a house in a Johannesburg suburb, the location of which remains a tightly guarded secret. The inhabitants of the house, both people and animals, and most notably the ever-present birds, are the cast who perform within a sculptural and decorated theatrical interior that the author creates and orchestrates.

The resulting images are compelling and dynamic, existing somewhere between still life and portrait. They are richly layered with graffiti, drawings, animals, and found objects. In a world where photographers seek to avoid definition, Roger Ballen is a true original who not only defies genres, but has defined his own artistic space as well.

Asylum of the Birds will be published by Thames & Hudson in March 2014.


Inside the Book

A selection of photographs from the book. Click on the thumbnails to view larger versions.



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