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4.71 of 5 stars 4.71  ·  rating details  ·  7 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Outland is the culmination of almost twenty years of work for artist-photographer Roger Ballen and amounts to one of the most extraordinary photographic documents of the late twentieth century. Beginning with the small 'dorps' or villages of rural South Africa, the subject of Ballen's photography moved on in the late 1980s and early 1990s to concentrate on their inhabitant ...more
Hardcover, 114 pages
Published March 26th 2001 by Phaidon Press
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Jeff Jackson
This new edition has 30 extra photos. I'm guessing they're the more straightforward documentary images and their inclusion slightly blunts the deep strangeness of Ballen's theatrical project.
From Weiermair's intro, because I can't say it any better...
"The intriguing mystery of these photos, their tendency to linger so long in our minds, is a function of the fact that we perceive their reality as authentic, something the medium of photography apparently guarantees, although its truth actually evades us. Samuel Beckett's plays could be seen as their literary companion--animals can stand as symbols of innocence and beauty in Beckett as well. Yet desolation, banality and ugliness are ra
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