In his out-of-print volume, 'There's a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends', South African photographer Pieter HUGO uses a digital process that converts color images into black-and-white photographs and processes the color channels, emphasizing the pigment (melanin) in the skin of the portrayed subjects, so that they look heavily marked by impurities and sun damage. The resulting portraits are the counterpart to the prettied up pictures that prevail in popular culture and reveal the contradictions of racial differences due to the color of the skin. "
Content'There's a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends' by Pieter HUGO contains a series of portrait shots of the artist and his friends, all in South Africa are at home.
Comment"Even if we look 'black' or 'white' at first glance, the components that are 'active' below the surface consist of a much broader spectrum. What seems to separate us on the surface is actually something that we all do share. As these photographs show, we are not just black and white - we are red, yellow, brown and so on; we are all colored." (© Aaron Schuman, in: lejournaldelaphotographie)
- Book design
- Damien POULAIN
- HC with a tipped-in photo (no dust jacket, as issued), 23,5 x 28 x 2 cm., 144 pp., 96 ills.
- Year of Release
- Oodee, UK