Photographer Pieter Hugo has my attention. These photos from his series The Hyena & Other Men hold an insistence that you stop and pay attention to these images of power that are captivating in ways unknown to my culture aesthetic.
The series ‘The Hyena & Other Men’ was shot in Nigeria amongst the shantytown of Abuja were these Gadawan Kura (rough translation: hyena handlers) live. They are traveling performers who entertain crowds and sell medicines – apparently a tradition past down through the generations.
You can read more about Pieter Hugo’s travels with this troupe here.
Image credit: Pieter Hugo