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Pieter Hugo: The Hyena Men

by Jonah Samson
on 04 December 2007
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Pieter Hugo is a South African photographer who has set out to photograph groups of people that have a distinct presence across Africa. His images of traditional healers, wild honey collectors, taxi washers, and albinos are strong and beautiful, but my favorite series is The Hyena Men which opened last week at Yossi Milo Gallery in New York.

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Pieter Hugo created the series The Hyena Men while traveling throughout Nigeria with a troupe of animal charmers and their collection of tenuously domesticated hyenas, monkeys and snakes. The portraits feature groupings of men and animals surrounded by the barren urban centers of Northern Nigeria, which were taken during quiet moments between the spectacles of street performances. (Click images for detail and see more after the jump.)

A book of this work is soon to be released in the U.S. by Prestel.

The Hyena Men
Through January 2008
Yossi Milo Gallery
525 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001 map
tel. +1 212 414 0370

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