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J.G. Ballard (1930-2009), Novelist

James Graham ('J.G.') Ballard

Sitter in 6 portraits
Science fiction writer Ballard was born in Shanghai and educated at Cambridge. Prominent among 'New Wave' science fiction writers, he contributed to New Worlds magazine under Michael Moorcock's editorship (1964-71). Ballard's first novel The Drowned World (1962), was of the 'catastrophe' type, and was followed by others such as High Rise (1975), about technological and human breakdown in a tower block. His short stories, collected together in The Terminal Beach (1964), Vermilion Sands (1971) and others are characterised by powerful, apocalyptic imagery. His autobiography of childhood, Empire of the Sun (1984), was made into a film.

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J.G. Ballard

by Brigid Marlin
oil and tempera on board, 1987
NPG 6557


J.G. Ballard

by Fay Godwin
bromide print, 1970s
NPG x68238


J.G. Ballard

by Fay Godwin
bromide print, 1970s
NPG x68239


J.G. Ballard

by Chris Clunn
bromide fibre print, 30 September 1992
NPG x76648


J.G. Ballard

by Chris Clunn
bromide fibre print, 30 September 1992
NPG x76649


J.G. Ballard

by Chris Clunn
colour print, 30 September 1992
NPG x76650


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