10 Contemporary Outsider Artists Everyone Should Know

Roger Ballen, Blindness, n.d. Courtesy Galerie Bourbon-Lally, Haiti

Working as a geologist and mining prospector in South Africa in the 1970s and ’80s, Roger Ballen started making black-and-white photographs of the rural inhabitants that he encountered on the fringes of society. Capturing the dark side of life, the self-taught photographer stages his pictures to reflect the social unconscious. The subject of numerous international exhibitions and several books, Ballen recently directed the music video for “I Fink U Freeky” by South African hip-hop trio Die Antwoord.