Pieter Hugo (b. 1976) is based in Cape Town, South Africa.
Hugo is one of South Africa’s leading photographers. This print forms part of Hugo’s overarching interest in the people and landscape of the African continent, especially those who are marginalised – whether economically so, or through the difficulties they may face due to blindness, albinism, or HIV/AIDS.
“I am of a generation that approaches photography with a keen awareness of the problems inherent in pointing a camera at anything” – Pieter Hugo for Artsy
Pieter Hugo (born 1976 in Johannesburg) is a photographic artist living in Cape Town.
Major museum solo exhibitions have taken place at The Hague Museum of Photography, Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Ludwig Museum in Budapest, Fotografiska in Stockholm, MAXXI in Rome and the Institute of Modern Art Brisbane, among others. Hugo has participated in numerous group exhibitions at institutions including Tate Modern, the Folkwang Museum, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, and the São Paulo Biennale. Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg is currently presenting a survey exhibition spanning 13 years of Pieter Hugo’s work, titled Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.
His work is represented in prominent public and private collections, among them the Museum of Modern Art, V&A Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, J Paul Getty Museum, Walther Collection, Deutsche Börse Group, Folkwang Museum and Huis Marseille.
Hugo received the Discovery Award at the Rencontres d’Arles Festival and the KLM Paul Huf Award in 2008, the Seydou Keita Award at the Rencontres de Bamako African Photography Biennial in 2011, and was shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2012. In 2015 he was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet and was chosen as the ‘In Focus’ artist for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in London.