Monday, April 20, 2009

the hyena & other men

this is a photo of a hyena handler that is from a series of photos, the hyena & other men (series II, 2005-2007),  pieter hugo took in nigeria. i think the photos are disturbing and beautiful and bewildering. there is something so mythological, so fantastical and gruesome about these images and the reality of these men and animals.

a quote from pieter hugo:
these photographs came about after a friend emailed me an image taken on a cellphone through a car window in lagos, nigeria, which depicted a group of men walking down the street with a hyena in chains...the image captivated me. 

make sure you read the essay, 'the dog's master' (just make sure to scroll down the page, past the photos to get to the essay) by pieter hugo. it is compelling and provoking and skillfully articulates his understanding of these hyena handlers and their experience.

1 comment:

A.C. said...

I had heard about these photos, but never actually saw them. They are definitely captivating, and disturbing.