The career of South African photographer Pieter Hugo (Johannesburg, 1976) is booming. His monumental photographs, in which he situates contemporary Africa as a central protagonist, are now well known around the world. He has already won numerous awards including the KLM Paul Huf award in 2008 and was recently nominated for the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012. In 2012 the Hague Museum of Photography was the first in the world to exhibit a complete survey of Hugo’s work from 2003-2011. Together with many previously unseen works, the exhibition included his most well-known series: The Hyena & Other Men, the bizarre Nollywood and the striking Permanent Error. His impressive portraits tell personal stories about recurring themes throughout his oeuvre, namely the consequences of colonialism and the traces of apartheid.
A film by Studio Gerrit Schreurs.