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


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By Roger Ballen



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