Pieter Hugo Brings Us Eye-to-Eye
39 1/4 x 38 1/4 in. (99.7 x 97.2 cm)
Overall 46 x 45 1/4 in. (116.8 x 114.9 cm)
Signature: Signed, titled, dated and numbered AP 1/2 in ink on a label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount. One from an edition of 9 plus 2 artist's proofs.
Pieter Hugo: This Must Be The Place, The Hague Museum of Photography, The Hague, 3 March–20 May 2012 and Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, 8 June–2 September 2012, for each, another example exhibited
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany, 19 February –23 July 2017, another example exhibited
Prestel, Pieter Hugo: This Must Be The Place, n.p.
Yossi Milo Gallery, New York
One of South Africa’s leading photographers, Pieter Hugo documents the people and landscapes of Africa. Hugo is interested in capturing images of the continent’s marginalized peoples, including the blind, albinos, and AIDS victims in their coffins. His best-known series, “The Hyena and Other Men” (2005-07), depicts itinerant minstrels in Nigeria who perform with pet hyenas and other wild animals. In his series “Permanent Error” (2009-10), Hugo captures the people and landscape of an expansive technology dump of obsolete technology in Ghana. Though he lists David Goldblatt and Boris Mikhailov as influences, Hugo’s work counters the thread of realism in South African photography the two represent. “I am of a generation that approaches photography with a keen awareness of the problems inherent in pointing a camera at anything,” he says.
South African, b. 1976, Cape Town, South Africa