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Pieter Hugo


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Photograph by Pieter Hugo

Image Title: Stacy Hardy, 2011

Paper Dimensions (H x W): 10 3/4" x 9"

Image Dimensions (H x W): 9 1/4" x 7 1/2"

Medium: Archival pigment ink on Warmtone Baryta Fibre paper

Year Created: 2011

Edition 5 of 8 + 2 Artist's Proofs

Image Description: Portraits from South African artist Pieter Hugo's series There's a Place in Hell for Me and My Friends, result from turning digital color photographs into black and white, while manipulating specific color channels. The pigment responsible for skin color and appearance, melanin, appears in two forms pheomelanin (red) and eumelanin (very dark brown); the red and brown channels are brought into prominence during the process.

Photographer's Bio: South African photographer Pieter Hugo lives 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 in Brisbane, among others. His work is represented in collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the V&A Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, and the J. Paul Getty Museum, among others. 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 2012.