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Filled with startling portraits of Africa's raw and tragic beauty, this first retrospective of Peter Hugo's award-winning work collects the most important images from the photographer's career to date. Pieter Hugo 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 hugely popular book, The Hyena and Other Men. Since that book, Hugo has continued to earn high praise while testing the limits of the traditional portrait. As Aperture magazine observes, "Hugo manoeuvres through the muddy waters of political engagement, documentary responsibility, and the relationship of these to his own aesthetic." In the 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 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. AUTHOR: T J Demos writes widely on modern and contemporary art. He is a Lecturer in the Department of History of Art, University College, London. Aaron Schuman is an American photographer, writer, editor, and curator based in the United Kingdom. Wim Van Sinderen is Senior Curator at The Hague Museum of Photography, Netherlands. ILLUSTRATIONS: 160 colour illustrations

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Book Details

ISBN: 9783791346892
ISBN-10: 379134689X
Format: Hardback
(285mm x 260mm x 0mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Prestel
Publisher: Prestel
Publish Date: 29-Mar-2012
Country of Publication: Germany

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Author Biography - Pieter Hugo

TJ Demos writes widely on modern and contemporary art. He is a Lecturer in the Department of History of Art, University College, London. Aaron Schuman is an American photographer, writer, editor and curator based in the United Kingdom.

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