I spoke with Roger and his assistant Marguerite for over 45 minutes back in October last year. I was at the time preparing a feature on photographers and their first assistants for our latest edition, and the veteran South African photographer had agreed to answer a few questions over Skype. Throughout the course of our conversation, I was struck at how down-to-earth Roger seemed, how reassuringly optimistic he sounded. I wanted to see what a few days in the life of Roger Ballen would look like, and asked him if he’d be willing to add his name to our throwaway project. Mission accomplished, from the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa.
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