Pieter Hugo


South African photographer Pieter Hugo was named the Standard Bank Artist for Visual Art in 2007. Hugo has long challenged the issues that face Africa and other developing nations, photographing the harshness of the land and occupants. The artist confronts his subjects directly, offering a raw sensibility and humanism that forces the viewer to question preconceived notions and prejudices. The Standard Bank exhibition opened in June in Grahamstown, South Africa and will tour throughout the nation. His work has been included in the 27th Sao Paulo Biennial (2006), and in publications such as Adbusters and Colors Magazine. More can be read about the artist at artsmart.com.