From the series Permanent Error
Al Hasan Abukari, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2009 Digital C-Print
© Pieter Hugo, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York and Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town
The subjects, of Hugo’s portraits are young men sent by their families from impoverished outlying villages, are photographed full-figure and directly engaged with Hugo’s medium-format camera. With each portrait, Hugo draws the viewer into the conditions imposed on this slum community and their effects on individuals. Collectively, the photographs expose consequences of the West’s consumption of ever-new technology and its disposal of outmoded products in poor countries ill- equipped to recycle them.