Although he has no formal photographic training, Pieter Hugo has proven his talent by producing visual essays for print publications such as Adbusters, Colors, Dazed & Confused, The New Yorker and the Sunday Times in London. His images document the many and varied global social issues that plague African and developing nations. He was awarded the 2007 Standard Bank Young Artist award in the visual art category and describes his work as documentary photography.

“My reasons for working in this medium are personal, not political – photography enables me to engage with things that interest me and provides me with a means to explore it. I am concerned with the peripheral in society, particularly in Africa, and I negotiate contexts where the cultural nuances of our time are amplified.” Hugo has received many accolades, including first prize in the portraits section of the 2006 World Press Photo competition. His next task will be to create an exhibition for the 2007 National Arts Festival. “It will be a body of work and a book about a small town in South Africa,” he says.

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