Roger Ballen + Asger Carlsen
Roger Ballen is a photographer born in New York, USA in 1950 who now resides in South Africa. He is regarded as one of the most important figures in photography in the 21st century. For over 30 years he has lived and worked in Johannesburg. Ballen’s unique style of photographic expression has evolved through the use of a simple square format and beautiful black & white tones. His recent series include elaborate images featuring techniques normally reserved for paintings, collages, or sculptures. Despite having invented this new form of hybrid aesthetic, there is no doubt that Ballen’s roots still remain firmly in the photographic realm. He directed the music video “I Fink U Freeky” for Cape Town rave/hip-hop group Die Antwoord in 2012, which has amassed over 90 million views on YouTube as of today.
© Roger Ballen / Roar, 2002 © Roger Ballen / Die Antwoord, 2008 © Roger Ballen / Spooky Eyes, 2012 © Roger Ballen
Asger Carlsen was born in 1973 in Frederiksberg, Denmark and currently resides in New York. Carlsen is known for images that are at once refined yet somewhat grotesque, made through the application of digital processing to classic monotone photos. He launched his career at the age of 16 when he began selling his work to local newspapers. Carlsen would then become a commercial photographer after a stint shooting crime scenes. He now makes artwork for musicians like Fischerspooner, Cut Copy, and Ratatat, and has been featured in acclaimed publications like The New Yorker, The Huffington Post, Wired Magazine, Dazed and Confused, and Vice Magazine. Carlsen’s iconic books include “Hester” and “Wrong”.
© Asger Carlsen