I missed Roger Ballen's exhibition at the Monash Gallery of Art back in 2009. As a consolation, I purchased the exhibition catalog. I love his minimalist black and white photographs. They are full of intrigue and emotionally charged. There is humour, sadness, and tenderness. Ballen lives in South Africa where he's photographed for many years children, animals & the mentally challenged of the area. I have yet to read his latest book, Roger Ballen: Photographs 1969-2009, which looks amazing. Jonathan Blaustein reviewed the book here.