Recent News

Showing at Paris Photo, Stevenson Booth, 8 – 11 November and Centro Fotográfico Álvarez Bravo, Oaxaca, Mexico, 10 November 2018 – 5 February 2019.

Pieter’s new story for Re-Edition Magazine styled by Jo Barker. Hair by Alexander Soltermann and Makeup by Jenny Coombs

Pieter has contributed an exclusive book for Document in collaboration with Riccardo Tisci & Nike.

Pieter has a story in True Photo Journal’s 5th issue. Centred around the family, these previously unpublished portraits were taken in Africa and Europe over the course of a decade.

Pieter Hugo for Replica Magazine issue 3. Styled by Ellie Grace Cumming.

About the Artist

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Pieter started taking photographs at the age of twelve having been bought a camera by his father. Pieter has gained an impressive reputation and an enviable following for his documentary photography and his striking fashion images - published in titles such as Arena Homme Plus and Document Journal. Choosing to focus on the marginalized or unusual groups of people, Pieter has published many books and has been exhibited worldwide. His work appears in many prominent International public and private collections including MOMA NY, V&A, Centre Pompidou and The Rijks Museum. His work is regularly published in titles such as Zeit magazine, Le Monde and The New York Time’s magazine. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

Client List

  • Adidas
  • AnOther Man
  • Arena Homme +
  • Bottega Veneta
  • Document
  • Esquire
  • Hood by Air
  • i-D
  • Louis Vuitton
  • M le Monde
  • New York Times Magazine
  • Nike
  • System Magazine
  • T Magazine
  • Zeit Magazine

Books

1994
Prestel
2017

1994 reflects on a generation of Africans born in an era of unprecedented freedom and in the wake of unspeakable violence. 1994 refers to a pivotal moment in African history - specifically in South Africa, which held its first free and democratic elections that year, and Rwanda, where a clash between the Tutsi and Hutu ethnic groups gave rise to a brutal genocide.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Prestel
2017

Bringing together more than a decade of work that has elicited fulsome praise and accompanied by the photographer’s personal commentary, this volume lets readers appreciate Pieter Hugo’s extraordinary oeuvre.

PH & HBA
See W
2016

In early 2016, Pieter Hugo travelled to Jamaica to shoot a series of portraits of a street cast wearing seminal pieces of the HBA archive. The cast included male porn stars and Gully Queens, a vilified gay community in Kingston who live in a gully (or drain) beneath the city.

Flat Noodle Soup Talk
Editions Bessard
2016

Pieter Hugo’s first photobook outside Africa sees him explore modern Beijing.

Kin
Aperture​
2015

Kin presents a collection of images shot over the past decade, focuses on the photographer’s family, his community, and himself. Writer John Mahoney characterises it as the artist’s first major work to focus exclusively on his personal experience in his native South Africa, a place defined by centuries of political, cultural, and racial tensions and contradictions.

This Must be the Place
Prestel
2012

This Must Be the Place presents nearly 10 years of Hugo’s work. The book includes a selection of over 100 seminal images from series including Looking Aside (2003-6), Rwanda: Vestiges of a Genocide (2004), The Hyena and Other Men (2005-7), Nollywood (2008-9), Permanent Error (2009-10) and the previously unpublished Kin (2008-2012).

There’s a Place in Hell for Me and my Friends
Oodee
2012

There’s a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends is a series of close-up portraits of the artist and his friends, all of whom call South Africa home. Through a unique digital process, Hugo emphasises the pigment (melanin) in his sitters’ skins. The resulting portraits expose the contradictions of racial distinctions based on skin colour.

Rwanda 2004 - Vestiges of a Genocide
Oodee
2011

Pieter Hugo bears unflinching witness to a landscape still scarred by genocide 10 years after the fact. Under Hugo’s deferential gaze, it is not the visceral horrors that shock, but the lingering ephemera of everyday life that haunt the periphery.

Permanent Error
Prestel
2011

Permanent Error reveals the devastating consequences of toxic waste on one community in Africa. Hugo’s photographs document a garbage dump in Ghana that has become the repository for discarded computers from around the world, revealing the true cost of a misguided policy - the shipping of millions of tons of obsolete computers to developing countries.

Nollywood
Prestel
2009

Nollywood is the third largest film industry in the world, releasing between 500-1000 movies each year. Stars are local actors; plots confront the public with familiar situations of romance, comedy, witchcraft, bribery, prostitution. Hugo’s images are staged representations of Nigerian film sets, featuring local actors who recreate the stereotypical myths and symbols characteristic of Nollywood productions.

The Hyena & Other Men
Prestel
2007

Many myths surround the Hyena Men who haunt the peripheries of Nigeria’s cities. Accompanied by hyenas, rock pythons and baboons, these men earn a living by performing before crowds and selling traditional medicines. Hugo’s extraordinary portraits of their liminal existence reveal an uncanny world of complex, codependent relationships, where familiar distinctions between dominance and submission, wildness and domesticity, tradition and modernity are constantly subverted.

Messina / Musina
Punctum Press
2007

This large-format book features Hugo’s photographs of South Africa’s northernmost town on the border with Zimbabwe - both portraits of its inhabitants and details of its landscape. In addition the book includes a short story by Stacy Hardy titled The Donkey Fuckers, and a conversation between Hugo and writer/photo-editor Joanna Lehan.

Looking Aside
Punctum Press
2006

In this series of photographs Pieter Hugo looks directly at people whose appearance makes us look aside. In doing so, he forces us to confront ourselves and our preconceptions and prejudices when we encounter people who are unusual in some way. This beautifully presented book is published by Punctum and contains an essay by Antjie Krog.

Exhibitions & Events

Solo Exhibitions

2017
‘Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Kunstmuseum WolfsburgWolfsburg, Germany
2017
‘1994 and Californian Wildflowers’
Cokkie Snoei GalleryRotterdam, The Netherlands
2017
‘Peripheral Dispatches’
Priska Pasquer GalleryCologne, Germany
2017
‘1994’
Yossi MiloNew York
2016
‘1994’
Stevenson GalleryCape Town, South Africa
2016
‘Kin’
Priska PasquerCologne, Germany
2016
‘Thirteen Works’
Gallery of PhotographyDublin, Ireland
2015
‘In Focus’
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize - National Portrait GalleryLondon
2015
‘Portraits: From the unsaid to the undead’
Institute of Contemporary Art Indian OceanMauritius
2015
‘Kin’
Fondation Cartier-BressonParis, France
2015
‘In Focus’
Scottish National Portrait GalleryEdinburgh, Scotland
2014
‘The Journey’
Stevenson GalleryCape Town, South Africa
2014
‘Kin’
Fondació Foto ColectaniaBarcelona,Spain
2014
‘Rwanda - 20 years on’
The HagueThe Netherlands
2014
‘Kin’
Cookie Snoei GalleryAmsterdam, The Netherlands
2014
‘This Must Be the Place’
Fundacao Calouste GulbenkianLisbon, Portugal
2014
‘This Must Be the Place’
Centro Atlantico de Arte ModernoLas Palmas, Canary Islands
2013
‘Kin’
Stevenson GalleryCape Town, South Africa
2013
‘This Must Be The Place -Selected Works’
Ludwig MuseumBudapest, Hungary
2013
‘This Must Be The Place -Selected Works’
Fotografiska MuseumStockholm, Sweden
2013
‘Kin’
Yossi Milo GalleryNew York
2013
‘There’s A Place in Hell for Me and my Friends’
Recontres d’Arles FestivalArles, France
2012
‘This Must Be The Place’
The Hague Museum of PhotographyThe Netherlands
2012
‘This Must Be The Place’
Musee de l’EyséeLausanne, Switzerland
2012
‘This Must Be The Place’
Stimultania Photographic CentreStrasbourg, France
2011
‘There’s A Place in Hell for Me and my Friends’
Stevenson GalleryCape Town, South Africa
2011
‘Permanent Error’
Yossi Milo GalleryNew York
2011
‘Permanent Error’
Scotiabank CONTACT Photography FestivalToronto, Canada
2011
‘Permanent Error’
MAXXI Museum RomeRome, Italy
2010
‘Permanent Error’
Michael StevensonCape Town, South Africa
2010
‘Permanent Error’
Brodie StevensonJohannesburg, South Africa
2010
‘On Reality and Other Stories’
Le Chateau d’eau, Pôle Photographique de ToulouseToulouse, France
2010
‘Be Prepared’
Cookie Snoei GalleryRotterdam, The Netherlands
2010
‘Nollywood’
Greenaway Art GalleryAdelaide, Australia
2010
‘Nollywood’
Shoshana Wayne GallerySanta Monica, California
2010
‘Nollywood’
Yossi Milo GalleryNew York
2010
‘Nollywood’
Institute of Modern ArtBrisbane, Australia
2010
‘Nollywood’
Cokkie Snoei GalleryAmsterdam, The Netherlands
2010
‘The Hyena and Other Men’
Herzliya Museum of Contemporary ArtIsrael
2009
‘Nollywood’
Australian Center for PhotographySydney, Australia
2009
‘Nollywood’
ExtraspazioRome, Italy
2009
‘Nollywood’
Stevenson GalleryCape Town, South Africa
2008
‘Portraits’
Open Eye GalleryLiverpool, UK
2008
‘Portraits’
FfotogalleryCardiff, UK
2008
‘God’s Time is The Best’
Cookie Snoei GalleryRotterdam, The Netherlands
2008
‘Nollywood’
Warren Siebrits ContemporaryJohannesburg, South Africa
2008
‘Works 2002-2007’
Galerie Bertrand & GrunerGeneva, Switzerland
2008
‘Pieter Hugo: The Hyena & Other Men’
FOAM Fotografie MuseumAmsterdam, The Netherlands
2007
‘Pieter Hugo: The Hyena & Other Men’
Yossi Milo GalleryNew York
2007
‘Messina’
ExtraspazioRome, Italy
2007
‘Messina - Musica Standard Bank Exhibition’
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan MuseumPort Elizabeth, South Africa
2007
‘Messina - Musica Standard Bank Exhibition’
Monument GalleryGrahamstown, South Africa
2007
‘Messina - Musica Standard Bank Exhibition’
Durban Art GalleryDurban, South Africa
2007
‘Messina - Musica Standard Bank Exhibition’
Standard Bank GalleryJohannesburg, South Africa
2006
‘Presence’
Stevenson GalleryCape Town, South Africa
2006
‘Presence’
Galerie Bertrand & GrunerGeneva, Switzerland
2006
‘Looking Aside’
Warren Seibrits ContemporaryJohannesburg, South Africa
2006
‘Looking Aside’
Stephen Cohen GalleryLos Angeles
2004
‘The Albino Project’
National Gallery of Modern ArtRome, Italy
2004
‘The Albino Project’
Fabrica FeaturesLisbon, Portugal
2004
‘Rwanda: Vestiges of a Genocide’
Stevenson GalleryCape Town, South Africa
2002
‘Margin’
The Cold Room Photographic GalleryCape Town, South Africa

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017
‘AFRICA - Telling a World’
Padiglione d’Arte ContemporaneaMilan, Italy
2017
‘Up to Now’
Fabrica Photography, Fondazione Palazzo MagnaniReggio Emilia, Italy
2017
‘Good Hope - South Africa and The Netherlands from 1600’
RijksmuseumThe Netherlands
2017
‘Labour in Movement’
MAST BolognaBologna, Italy
2016
‘Regarding Africa; Contemporary Art and Afro-Futurism’
Tel Aviv Museum of ArtTel Aviv, Israel
2016
‘Beauty and The Beast: The Animal in Photography’
Museum of Photographic ArtsSan Diego, USA
2015
‘Disorder - Touring Exhibition’
Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville ParisParis, France
2015
‘Strange Worlds’
Fondazione Fotografia ModenaModena, Italy
2015
‘Beastly/Tierisch’
Fotomuseum WinterthurSwitzerland
2014
‘Apartheid and After’
Huis MarseilleAmsterdam, The Netherlands
2014
‘From Sitting to Selfie: 300 Years of South African Portraits’
Standard Bank Art GalleryJohannesburg, South Africa
2014
‘Prospect 3: Notes for Now’
New Orleans BiennialUSA
2013
‘Art and Textile: Fabric as Material and Concept in Modern Art from Klimt to Present’
Kunstmuseum WolfsburgWolfsburg, Germany
2013
‘Transition: Social Landscape’
Rencontres d’Arles FestivalArles, France
2013
‘Landmark: The Fields of Photography’
Somerset HouseLondon
2013
‘Nothing to Declare?’
Akademie der KünsteBerlin, Germany
2013
‘Some Views of Africa’
Studio la Citta di VeronaItaly
2012
‘Deutsche Börse Photography Prize’
The Photographers GalleryLondon, UK
2012
‘Africa, There and Back’
Folkwang MuseumEssen, Germany
2012
Moscow Photobiennale
Moscow Multimedia Art MuseumRussia
2011
‘Figures and Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography’
Victoria & Albert MuseumLondon
2011
‘What We Talk About When We Talk About Love’
Stevenson GalleryCape Town, South Africa
2010
‘Breaking News; Contemporary Photography from Middle East & Africa’
Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio Provincia di ModenaModena, Italy
2010
‘ARS 11’
Kiasma Museum of Contemporary ArtHelsinki, Finland
2010
‘Disquieting Images’
Triennale di MilanoMilan, Italy
2010
‘This is our Time’
Michael StevensonCape Town, South Africa
2010
‘The Eye is A Lonely Hunter
FotoFestival Mannheim, LudwigshafenHeidelberg, Germany
2009
‘Les Recentres de Bamako Biennial of African Photography’
Bamako, Mali
2009
‘Stigmata’
Musée de l’Élysée at The International Red Cross and Red Crescent MuseumGeneva, Switzerland
2009
‘Photo Beijing’
Beijing, China
2009
The Endless Renaissance
Bass Museum of ArtMiami, Florida, USA
2008
‘Recontres d’Arles Festival - Discovery Laureate’
Arles, France
2008
‘Street & Studio: An Urban History of Photography’
Tate Modern & Museum FolkwangLondon & Essen, Germany
2008
‘Room for Justice’
Palais de Justice & Les Rencontres de la PhotographieBrussels, Belgium & Arles, France
2008
‘reGeneration: 50 Photographers of Tomorrow
Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, Art Centre College of DesignPasadena, USA
2007
‘Faccia A Faccia: Il nuovo ritratto fotografico’
FORMA, Centro Internazionale di FotografiaMilan, Italy
2007
‘In Your Face’
Galerie Bertrand & Gruner’Geneva, Switzerland
2007
‘Reality Check: Contemporary Art Photography from South Africa’
Kunstsammlungen ChemnitzChemnitz, Germany
2006
‘Black, Brown and White’
Kunsthalle WienVienna, Austria
2006
‘Pingyao International Photographic Festival’
Pingyao, China
2006
‘Street: Behind the Cliché
Witte de WithRotterdam, The Netherlands
2006
‘How to Live Together’
27th São Paulo BiennaleBrasil
2005
‘reGeneration: 50 Photographers of Tomorrow’
Musee de L’ElyseeLausanne, Switzerland
2003
‘From Chaos to Order and Back’
DDD Gallery & Ginza Graphic GalleryOsaka & Tokyo, Japan
2003
‘Staged Realities - The Studio in African Photography’
Stevenson GalleryCape Town, South Africa
2002
‘Positions of South African Photography - Today’
OMC GalerieDüsseldorf, Germany
2002
‘Margin’
The Cold Room Photographic GalleryCape Town, South Africa
2001
‘New South African Art’
JAK GalleryLondon

Awards & Prizes

2015
Shortlisted for the Prix Pictet
Geneva, Switzerland
2015
PDN Photo Annual Award
USA
2012
Shorlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize - for Permanent Error
2011
Seydou Keita Award
Recontres de Bamako African Photography BiennialMali
2011
Young Director Award
Cannes Lions FestivalCannes, France
2008
Discovery Award
Rencontres d’Arles FestivalFrance
2008
KLM Paul Huf Award
FOAM MuseumAmsterdam
2007
Standard Bank Young Artist Award
South Africa
2006
First Prize (Portraits) World Press Photo