The fascinating photography of Pieter Hugo pops up from time to time on the internet – pictures of rough looking African men with chained, muzzled hyenas. Often the captions declare the men as bank robbers, bodyguards, drug dealers or debt collectors. These people are actually entertainers who make a living performing a circus act of sorts, captured beautifully by Pieter Hugo.
What interests Hugo is the hybridisation of the urban and the wild, and the paradoxical relationship that the handlers have with their animals – sometimes doting and affectionate, sometimes brutal and cruel.
View the photography at the Michael Stevenson Gallery.