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09.09.2009

 

Nollywood - Nigeria's unique film industry as seen through Pieter Hugo's lens

Pieter Hugo’s new book is just as irritating as "The Hyena & Other Men", it deals with Nigeria’s booming film industry. Nigeria is located in West Africa and is one of the most densely populated countries on the continent.

Today Nigeria’s film industry is rubbing shoulders with Hollywood and Bollywood, it has unbelievably become one of the largest in the world. Pieter Hugo travelled to Lagos where he photographed actors in curious costumes or even without any kind of costume for his ‘Nollywood’ series.

Nigeria’s booming film industry has developed since the 90s, gradually becoming independent of government funding and producing 500 to 1,000 low budget films per year.

The films are by Africans for Africans; told in an entirely different way, full of myths and symbols. They deal with themes that belong to Nigeria’s everyday life: AIDS, corruption, prostitution, occultism, violence, as well as romance and comedy.

There is an unusual phenomenon in Nigeria, the actors are only cast on the day of the shoot, the filming takes place everywhere, overtime and heath and safety are unheard of terms … yet the viewers still love the results.

Pieter is equally fascinated by these films and their overboard sense of drama. He asked 50 actors to re-enact dramatic film scenes for his photo series.

The borders between documentary and fictional photography are very apparent in Hugo’s impressive photo essays. His images play with our experience of the real world: things that come across as surreal in reality, appear to be real. This book is a wonderful example of Pieter Hugo’s unique photo art.


Pieter Hugo - Nollywood

With essays by Chris Abani, Zina Saro-Wiwa and Stacy Hardy
Language: English, bound, leather, ca. 120 pages, 24,0x26,0
50 colour images
ISBN: 978-3-7913-4312-9
€ 39,95 [D] | € 41,10 [A] | CHF 68,90
Publisher: Prestel


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Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD

Pieter HUGO : NOLLYWOOD