About the South African photographer, Pieter HUGO (b. 1976, in Johannesburg)

Pieter HUGO is a portrait photographer who also focuses on documentaries from his native South Africa and other African countries. He has published about a dozen photo books. He is the winner of the KLM Paul Huf Prize 2008 and the Discovery Award 2008 of the Rencontres d'Arles Festival in Southern France. Pieter HUGO lives and works in Cape Town.

Photo books by Pieter HUGO

'Looking Aside' (2006); 'Messina/Musina' (2007) and 'The Hyena & Other Men' (2007); 'Nollywood' (2009); 'Permanent Error' (2011); 'There's a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends' (2011); 'This must be the place' (2012); 'KIN' (2015); 'Flat Noodle Soup' (2016); '1994' (2017); 'Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea' (2017); 'La Cucaracha' (2019); 'Solus. Vol I. Concerning Atypical Beauty And Youth' (2021)


In 'Conversations', Rémi Coignet explores in interviews the question of what role the photo book plays in the work of photographers, designers & publishers and how their titles are conceived. Two more volumes with interviews have been published until now.
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  • Format: ENGLSIH ED.! Pb. (no dust jacket, as issued), 13 x 20 x 2 cm., 224 pp., 300 g, text language: English
In his photo volume, 'KIN', South African photographer Pieter HUGO explores instead on his family the failure of South African colonization and his sense of being 'colonial driftwood', reflecting on the nature of conflicting personal collective narratives
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  • Photographer(s): Pieter HUGO
  • Ed(s)/Author(s): Ben Okri (ed.), John Mahoney (text)
  • Format: HC, 30,5 x 24 x 2 cm., 164 pp., color ills.
  • Language(s): English
  • Year of Release: 2015
  • Publisher: Aperture Publisher, USA
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In his new photo volume 'Solus. Vol.1', Pieter HUGO reflects on aesthetic values in the fashion industry. In portraits of models cast on the street, he examines the commercialization of youth and the paradox of striving for both otherness AND conformity.
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In his haunting, fascinating photo essay about a dump in Ghana, South African photographer Pieter HUGO exposes the repressed downside of fast-moving consumption and tells of a community characterized by poverty and the will to survive of every individual.
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  • Photographer(s): Pieter HUGO
  • Format: HC (no dust jacket, as issued), 25 x 29,5 x 2 cm., 112 pp., color ills.
  • Language(s): English
  • Year of Release: 2011
  • Publisher: Prestel Verlag, Munich
128,00 €
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The photo book 'Hyena Men', first published in 2007, made the South African photographer Pieter HUGO known outside the photo book scene. There is something disturbing about the images of wandering fairmen who entertain people with their animals.
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  • Photographer(s): Pieter HUGO
  • Format: HC with dust jacket, 24 x 28 x 2 cm., 80 pp., color ills.
  • Language(s): English
  • Year of Release: 2008 (2007)
  • Publisher: Pressten Verlag, Munich
'Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea' on the work of Pieter HUGO contains 'Rwanda 2004', 'Looking aside', 'The Hyena Men...', 'Permanent Error', 'There's A Place in Hell For Me and My Friends', 'Nollywood', 'Kin', '1994' & 'Californian Wildflowers'.
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  • Photographer(s): Pieter HUGO
  • Ed(s)/Author(s): Uta Ruhkamp
  • Format: Paperback (no dust jacket, as issued), 25 x 30,5 x 2,5 cm., 304 pp., 160 color & 80 b/w ills.
  • Language(s): German
  • Year of Release: 2017
  • Publisher: Prestel Verlag, Munich
58,00 € Weight 1.7 kg
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The photo book 'Flat Noodle Soup Talk' by Pieter HUGO is the result of an 'artist in residence' stay. Other books in this series by Guy TILLIM, Michael KENNA among others. This book was published in a limited edition of only 500 copies.
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  • Photographer(s): Pieter HUGO
  • Book design: Ramon PEZ
  • Format: HC (no dust jacket, as issued), 17 x 22 x 1,5 cm., 88 pp., color ills.
  • Language(s): English
  • Year of Release: 2016
  • Publisher: Editions Bessard, France
  • Print run details: 500 copies
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  • Format: Pb. (no dust jacket, as issued), 14 x 28 x 2 cm., 176 pp., 80 color ills., text language: English
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The book title '1994' commemorates an important year in the history of South Africa and Rwanda - here Mandela's election as president, there genocide. In retrospect, Pieter HUGO processed the events of the year with portraits of children and young people.
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  • Photographer(s): Pieter HUGO
  • Ed(s)/Author(s): Ashraf Jamal
  • Format: HC (no dust jacket, as issued, but with Obi), 24 x 28,5 x 1,5 cm., 92 pp., 50 color ills.
  • Language(s): English
  • Year of Release: 2017
  • Publisher: Prestel Verlag, Munich
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In this out-of-print photo volume 'There's a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends' Pieter HUGO devotes himself to those components that are 'active' under the surface and consist of a much broader spectrum. What seems to divide us at the actually unites us
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  • Book design: Damien POULAIN
  • Format: 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: 2012
  • Publisher: Oodee, UK
298,00 €
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