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Roger Ballen

Dresie and Casie, Twins, Western Transvaal, South Africa

Estimate:

10,000

to
- 15,000 USD

Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ

Roger Ballen

Roger Ballen

Dresie and Casie, Twins, Western Transvaal, South Africa

Dresie and Casie, Twins, Western Transvaal, South Africa

Estimate:

10,000

to
- 15,000 USD

Lot sold:

9,450

USD

Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ

Roger Ballen

b. 1950

Dresie and Casie, Twins, Western Transvaal, South Africa


gelatin silver print, signed, titled, dated, and editioned '21/35' in pencil on the reverse, 1993, printed in 2000

image: 14 ¼ by 14 ½ in. (36.2 by 36.2 cm.)

Please note the colors in the online catalogue illustration may vary depending on screen settings. This photograph is in generally excellent condition. The following are written in pencil in an unidentified hand on the reverse: '6140-RBA'; 'P25129'; and 'Gold Toned Spot (1).'


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Roger Ballen, Ballenesque: Roger Ballen - A Retrospective (New York, 2017), p. 109

Of this image, Ballen wrote, "This is the image that I will probably be most remembered for. Millions of people have seen it; few have forgotten it. For some unknown reason, it is able penetrate the inner mind and lodge itself there. Why and how the human brain responds to this image in this way remains a mystery" (Ballenesque, p. 108). The present photograph is from a long sold-out edition. 


"Etherton Gallery is known for its commitment to photography that exceeds socially acceptable boundaries, and highlights work by photographers Joel-Peter Witkin, Diane Arbus, Larry Clark, and Roger Ballen, among others. Roger Ballen’s photograph Dresie and Casie, Twins, Western Transvaal, South Africa, is from an early series called Platteland. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Ballen began to document poor white communities living on the fringes of South African society. Dresie and Casie makes visible a group of people the apartheid government tried to hide, because they represented the failures of the system. Dresie and Casie also represents a transition from Ballen’s documentary style to staged psychological portraiture. An iconic image from Ballen’s early artistic output, this print is from a sold out edition. Roger Ballen stopped making gelatin silver prints in 2015." - Terry Etherton 


Since 1981, Etherton Gallery has showcased the icons of the history of photography as well as the contemporary artists changing its course. Its exhibitions highlight the most important figures in the history of the medium and remains dedicated to making great works of photography accessible to novices and experienced collectors alike.