J. G. Ballard: Portraits of the Artist

1987: JG Ballard working at his writing desk in his Shepperton home. Photograph: Martyn Goddard/Rex Features
'JG Ballard, who explored the contradictions of the modern world in a series of novels over a career which spanned over 50 years, has died aged 78. Here we look back at the life and work of a novelist whose writing was both mainstream and avant-garde.'

The Guardian offers a photographic retrospective of British author J. G. Ballard, who died yesterday morning aged 87 after a long illness. You can see the photographs by clicking here.