Roger Ballen's Terrifying Photos Conjure Visions of the Apocalypse
Surprise, 2012. All photos by Roger Ballen
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Roger Ballen's Terrifying Photos Conjure Visions of the Apocalypse

The legendary photographer shares unseen work with us.

This story appears in VICE magazine's Dystopia and Utopia Issue. Click HERE to subscribe.

Roger Ballen's images are meticulously crafted nightmares. Over his decades-long career, he's created a visual language all his own, often documenting subjects on the outskirts of society in South Africa. (A recent retrospective even made his last name an adjective, labeling his work "Ballenesque." In short, he's always had dystopic leanings, and we knew, for this issue, we had to reach out to see if he had anything to contribute. Below are brand-new and unseen examples from his archive that he edited for our theme.

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Retrieved, 2014

Beseeched, 2014

Snack, 2014

Underworld, 2013

Gloating, 2013

Kick, 2012

Employees, 2012

Airborne, 2013

Bedtime, 2014

Out of Body, 2012

Deprived, 2004.