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.

— Roger Ballen

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The pictures are of a psychological culture, a Jungian culture, if you will.

It emanates from my own psyche... It's a hard place to get to, honestly. It has taken me many years to get to that place and to define it visually.


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.


[Photography] tells you that every second in time is different from every other second. You want people to understand that the image in front of them has something to do with the truth, and it can never be repeated.


I never think about a photo before I start it.

I try to let my mind relax, and then when I get there I do it.


In the end, I believe that the most important influence on my aesthetic has been the photographs I have taken.


When you go searching, you never know what you will find.


Life on the planet and in our galaxy is so complex, I don't hope to have any substantial effect in it, but if I can touch a few people deep in their psyche, by making my personal subjective journey concrete for others, then I am very happy.


It is my belief that the most challenging photographs are those that create a tension between what we refer to as the real and the imaginative.


Nothing is staged. And nothing is already there. Everything is transformed through the camera.


I never prepare a speech. I never think when I give a speech, except for "don't embarrass yourself or others," meaning "remember the names of the people you have to thank."


[My] goal as an artist is to create increasingly complex images with greater and greater clarity of form and intensity of vision.