DATE: April 12, 2010
The South African photographer's previous work with
itinerant performers and their trained animals led him to a series of
far freakier "Nollywood" pictures—portraits of bit players in Nigeria's
booming low-budget film industry.
In his latest series, Hugo poses bizarrely
costumed actors on busy streets and empty lots, creating funny, gory
tableaux that are surreal. A man covered in hair sits at a café with a
bottle of Coke; three children in white body paint (pint-size zombies)
hang out in a field; a doleful-looking woman sits on an unmade bed, the
bloody knife between her breasts sticking out her back.
From The New Yorker.