Life In The South African Countryside – 1980’s & 90’s

Dresie and Casie, Twins
Western Transvaal, 1993

 

Artist and Photographer Roger Ballen is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this social documentary photography.  From his project ‘Platteland‘.  To see  Roger’s  body of work click on any image.

 

Wife of Abattoir Worker Holding Three Puppies
Orange Free State, 1994

 

Prison Warder and Wife
Southern Transvaal, 1986

 

Children from countryside
Central Transvaal, 1987

 

Sgt F de Bruin
Dep of Prisons
Orange Free State, 1992

 

Platteland was born of the profound irony that despite the political privilege apartheid had bestowed on whites, in the physical heart of the land there is inescapable testimony to the failure of the regime even to secure the well-being of the privileged minority.

Many of those people the photographer encounters feel strangled by poverty and preconception, rejected and downgraded. Above all else, most are severely alienated by the radical changes taking place in the society around them.

 

Boetie Nel Grape – Farmer
Northern Cape, 1990

 

Johan and Bertie Brothers
Western Transvaal, 1987

 

Scrapyard Worker and Family
Central Transvaal, 1993

 

Mrs P R Streicher
Eastern Transvaal, 1993

 

Man and Maid
Northern Cape, 1991

 

See also:

Dorps

By Roger Ballen

 


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