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Roger Ballen

Artist

Music: Algiers, with their full permission
Editing: Adam Mead
Producer: Lucas Callaghan
Executive Producer: Brad Feuerhelm

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I was lucky enough to have a conversation with Roger Ballen at MEP in Paris in November 2019.

Roger has been gracious to me. I have covered his work often and his work is something of the singular. His conversation with me taught me many lessons, but one particular lesson was my reliance on relative terms. I tried to cage Roger early on by asking questions about geography and it was a mistake. We are only but thoughts and further we exist outside of the terms dictated by the struggles of categorization. With all of these conversations, I am trying to find a way, between latitude, biology, and the mind to delineate a discussion about image-making. Roger was kind about my fumble and I greatly appreciate his ability to express his way of thinking about images.

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