"Filled with startling portraits of Africa’s raw and tragic beauty, this first retrospective of the award-winning work by Pieter HUGO collects the most important images from the photographer’s career to date. The South african photographer has been documenting his native continent of Africa since his late teens. An autodidact, he was eventually drawn to portraiture, an interest that culminated with his hugelypopular book, 'The Hyena and Other Men'. Since that book, Pieter HUGO has continued to earn high praise while testing the limits of the traditional portrait. As Aperture magazine observes, 'Pieter HUGO maneuvers through the muddy waters of political engagement, documentary responsibility, and the relationship of these to his own aesthetic.' In the photo books 'Nollywood' and 'Permanent Error' he suffuses a journalist’s perspective and a voyeur’s theatricality into images of Africa’s people and environment.
This retrospective volume, 'This Must Be The Place', collects photographs from each of his earlier series as well as portraits and landscapes that have never been shown or published before.
Essays by three esteemed photographic critics contextualize HUGO’s career within the realm of contemporary photography. Full-page color illustrations highlight HUGO’s extraordinary talent for teasing out the subtleties in otherwise stark images." (© Prestel, 2012)
Reviews on the work of Pieter HUGO
“Filled with startling portraits of Africa’s raw and tragic beauty, this first retrospective of Pieter Hugo’s award-winning work collects the most important images from the photographer’s career to date.” (© Photo-eye, Best Books of 2012)
“Stark and mesmerizing.” (© Juxtapoz)
"The photo book 'This Must Be The Plac' contains a selection of well-known works by Hugo: Portraits from the Nigerian film industry in Nollywood, of garbage recyclers on the e-waste dump in Accra (Agbogbloshie Market) or showmen with their domesticated hyenas and snakes in Nigeria. With this spectacular series of images of the photographer has become famous in Europe and the U.S., his photos can be found in many major museums. In addition, 'This Must Be The Place' contains other unusual portraits, mainly from South Africa. (...) Two art historical articles - in English - complete the retrospective, ihonoring HUGO's career and his importance. But also for readers without a profound knowledge of English, this impressive book is a benefit because photos speak for themselves - in any language of the world." (free translated text, © R.Riepe)
- Pieter HUGO
- HC with dust jacket, 26 x 28,5 x 3 cm., 228 pp., 110 color ills.
- Year of Release
- Prestel Verlag, Munich
- Print run details
- Out of Print