June 29, 2007

New Work from Pieter Hugo

I received an email the other day about a new exhibition from South African photographer Pieter Hugo and, as usual, it's provocative and inspiring work. Pieter is on my very short list of contemporary photographers whose work brings me back over and over again for repeated viewings. The new project is called Messina/Musina and was taken in an around a colonial town on the northern border of South Africa. The gallery site also points to an interview with Hugo about the project that will be included in a forthcoming book.

More Hugo Links:
Witnessing the End 2007 interview
interview on the making of the Hyena Men May 2005 (images from the hyena men series)
another interview 2005
Pieter Hugo (personal site)

Update: Someone just emailed that Amy Stein wrote an almost identical entry to this one complete with the same title yesterday. Except that she one ups this post by noting she has one of Pieter's prints hanging in her house. So don't listen to me, listen to Amy who is doing great work of her own and delve into Pieter's portfolios!

posted at 07:51 PM by raul

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TAGS: Africa (7) pieter hugo (5) south african photographers (5)


06/30/07 07:46 PM

this guy's work is crazy good. thanks for the links.

07/02/07 08:30 PM


I found your blog on www.chinabloglist.org but it does not appear to have anything to do with China. Where you here in the past?


07/06/07 11:29 AM

.."in and around a colonial town" - how so?

Thanks for the update - hauntingly powerful stuff.

07/06/07 03:04 PM

Not to put words in Raul's mouth but.. As noted in the show notes Messina was a colonial misspelling of the name of the Musina tribe who have lived in the area for centuries. The town proper grew up around a copper mine started in the early 1900's by European colonialists.

07/06/07 10:26 PM

@steve: what dalene said.

@chicanohek: i've taken lots of pictures in china over the years and occasionally do china travelogues.

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