Roger Ballen: Die Antwoord’s freeky friend

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When South African rap-rave group Die Antwoord released the music video for their single “I Fink U Freeky,” the world watched.

The visually stunning black-and-white video went viral because the man behind the camera had been perfecting his aesthetic for the past 10 years.

Roger Ballen has made a gradual shift over his 50-year career from documentary photography to the art world.

“If you’ve taken pictures of one thing long enough … you move on, the environment moves on and your work moves on,” Ballen told CNN from his home in Johannesburg.

Ballen said he understands photography the same way a writer understands journaling, calling himself a “visual organizer.”

“The best way to learn about photography is to take pictures,” he said. “And so my pictures are just a result of years and years of one picture influencing another picture.”

Drawing inspiration from two of his previous books, “Shadow…

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