Background information"What divides us and what unites us? How do people of all colors live with the shadows of cultural oppression or political domination? South African photographer Pieter HUGO, born in Johannesburg in 1976, explores these questions in his portraits, still lifes and landscapes. Having grown up in post-colonial South Africa, where he witnessed the official end of apartheid in 1994, HUGO has a keen sense of social dissonance. He sensitively moves his camera through all social strata, not only in his home country, but also in countries such as Rwanda, Nigeria, Ghana and China. He is particularly interested in the subcultures of a society: homeless people, albinos, electronic scrap collectors or "Nollywood" actors in costume and pose can be found in his pictures, as well as family and friends. More artist than anthropologist or documentarist, Pieter HUGO has a concise visual language with which he creates portraits of haunting directness and closeness to life." (freely translated, © Prestel Verlag, 2017)
The monographic catalog volume 'Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea' provides a comprehensive overview of Pieter HUGO's work and includes all series made before 'La Cucaracha', made in Mexico: 'Rwanda 2004: Vestiges of a Genocide', 'Looking aside', 'The Hyena & Other Men', 'Permanent Error', 'There's A Place in Hell For Me and My Friends', 'Nollywood' and 'Kin' as well as on the projects '1994' and 'Californian Wildflowers' made until 2017.
- Pieter HUGO
- Uta Ruhkamp
- Paperback (no dust jacket, as issued), 25 x 30,5 x 2,5 cm., 304 pp., 160 color & 80 b/w ills.
- Year of Release
- Prestel Verlag, Munich