Thursday, December 27, 2007

wild honey collectors and hyena & other men

South African photographer Pieter Hugo's portraits are so great. after seeing him featured in aperture, i looked up his website and was excited to see how comprehensive it is, with so many projects on it.

the first image above is "Paul Ankomah, Wild Honey Collector, Techiman District" from a series on honey collectors in Ghana, and the second is "Umoru Murtala with School Boy, Asaba, Nigeria 2007" from the series "Hyena and Other Men."

of his project on the Nigerian animal wranglers known as the Hyena Men, Hugo writes: "I look back at the notebooks I had kept while with them. The words 'dominance', 'codependence' and 'submission' kept appearing. These pictures depict much more than an exotic group of travelling performers in West Africa. The motifs that linger are the fraught relationships we have with ourselves, with animals and with nature."

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