Pieter Hugo

A while back one of the images below made a little bit up a rumble in Hollywood. The argument – the image of a black youth chained to a baboon while basically wearing the same outfit – played too close to historical derogative comparisons between African Americans and monkeys.

When I first saw the image, my initial response was “hmm, great shot.” I didn’t focus on the polo shirt worn by the monkey (and the boy) or what this type of image could mean to people. I instead focused on the mood of the photograph and how both the monkey and the boy communicated the same thing – a certain sadness yet a legitimate companionship (monkey’s arm resting across the boys leg).

I immediately looked up the photographer – Pieter Hugo – and was blown away by his series of Nigerian men with their (wild) pets.

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~ by amoralgrey on October 1, 2009.

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