Roger Ballen is a photographer who lives in South Africa and shoots primarily black and white film photography. He believes that shooting in this medium not only captures the subject and idea but is an abstract representation of the figure or premise due to the nature of the black and white film. In his belief the use of black and white removes any notion of reality from the images he takes and presents them to the viewer in a way one would view an abstracted painting, seeing the idea of the artist but without the perfection of accurate realism. He has been photographing for nearly forty years in this medium and to this day still uses his African surroundings to influence and inspire him. A majority of his work, both installations and photographs, are derived from people, places, and things that are relevant or natural to South Africa. For example, towns of South Africa, rural areas and a boarding house are examples of the work he has done.
To view the series in its entirety: http://www.rogerballen.com/image-gallery/boarding-house