04/16/2013 05:35 pm ET

Pieter Hugo on the ImageBlog

From the series The Hyena and Other Men
Abdullahi Mohammed with Mainasara, Lagos, Nigeria, 2007
Digital C-Print
© Pieter Hugo, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York and Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town

Pieter Hugo created the series The Hyena Men and Other Men while traveling in Nigeria with a troupe of animal charmers and their collection of tenuously domesticated hyenas, monkeys and snakes. The portraits feature groupings of men and animals surrounded by the barren urban centers of northern Nigeria.