His subject is the human condition; if existence is not always cakes and ale, so be it. A former geologist, Ballen now mines photography for its hard, theatrical canter. Every Ballen photograph is an unapologetic, colorless, and compelling world formed at that place where fiction and documentary overlap. His Work Resides in the following Museum Collections: Biblioteque Nationale, Paris – Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA – Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France – Fotomuseum, Munchen, Germany – George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, USA – Hasselblad, Goteborg, Sweden – Johannesburg Art Museum, South Africa – Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA – Maison Europeene de la Photographie, Paris – Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK – Musee de I’Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland – Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa – Tate Britain, London, UK.
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