Asylum of the Birds


An extraordinary monograph by one of the most revered and original image-makers at work today, now expanded and updated to include previously unpublished work.


ISBN: 9780500294864 Category:

Roger Ballen


In a world in which many photographers seek to avoid definition, Roger Ballen’s photographs define themselves in their defiance of classification and genre: his world stands out as one of a kind. The black-and-white images featured in Asylum of the Birds were created exclusively within the confines of a house in a Johannesburg suburb, the location of which remains a guarded secret. The inhabitants of the house, both human and animal – including, most notably, the ever-present birds – are the cast of Ballen’s world, performers amidst the theatrical interiors that they create and he orchestrates. The resulting images exist in a space between painting, drawing, installation and photography. They are timeless, psychologically powerful and masterfully composed.

Additional information

Weight 940 g
Dimensions 25.3 x 26.7 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 March 2019
Number of pages 160
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 25.3 x 26.7 cm
Weight 940 g


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