AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Pieter Hugo

Monday, December 19th, 2011

10 photographers to watch in 2012

As part of a series of year-end posts--we're taking a break from Friday, December 23, till January 5, 2012, we're hoping to post 10 "Lists of 10" this week. (We're trying to be cool by calling it "10x10"). So two lists per day. Orlando Reade, who blogs for us from London, starts us of with his list...

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Recycling Rubbish

Many of you know those spectacular images of burning computer parts and beautiful, sad young men, taken in some God-forsaken corner of polluted Ghana where the ‘West’ has dumped all its obsolete toys to be ‘recycled’. Now,...

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Tofo Tofo

So about those pantsula references in Beyonce’s latest video: Beyonce and her choreographer, Frank Gatson Jr, had seen a Mozambican group, Tofo Tofo, on Youtube. This is Gatson talking to MTV about Tofo Tofo, above in someone’s...

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Beyoncé and the Hyena

American R&B singer Beyonce has described the new video for her single “Run This World (Girls)” as “futuristic,” “electronic” and “African.” Of the overload of half-references in the video, some things came to mind: Pieter Hugo‘s hyena...

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Skin-Deep

Photographs are perceived to represent reality in their reference to a subject; their ability to create these physical, indexical connections to reality in viewers’ minds means that photography is often unquestioningly used as “visual recorder” or as...

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