Selections from the show “On Reality and Other Stories” in Belgium, including his singular “The Hyena Men” series.

I have a deep suspicion of photography, to the point where I do sometimes think it cannot accurately portray anything, really. And, I particularly distrust portrait photography. I mean, do you honestly think a portrait can tell you anything about the subject? And, even if it did, would you trust what it had to say?

-Pieter Hugo

Abdullahi Mohammed with Gumu, Ogere-Remo, Nigeria, 2007 by Pieter Hugo

Abdullahi Mohammed with Gumu, Ogere-Remo, Nigeria, 2007 by Pieter Hugo

Alhaji Hassan with Ajasco, Ogere-Remo, Nigeria, 2007 by Pieter Hugo

Alhaji Hassan with Ajasco, Ogere-Remo, Nigeria, 2007 by Pieter Hugo

Mallam Galadima Ahmadu with Jamis, Nigeria, 2007 by Pieter Hugo

Mallam Galadima Ahmadu with Jamis, Nigeria, 2007 by Pieter Hugo

Gabazzini Zuo. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008 by Pieter Hugo

Gabazzini Zuo. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008 by Pieter Hugo

Emeka Onu. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008 by Pieter Hugo

Emeka Onu. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008 by Pieter Hugo

Chris Nkulo and Patience Umeh. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008 by Pieter Hugo

Chris Nkulo and Patience Umeh. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008 by Pieter Hugo

Escort Kama. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008 by Pieter Hugo

Escort Kama. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008 by Pieter Hugo

Junior Ofokansi, Chetachi Ofokansi, Mpompo Ofokansi. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008 by Pieter Hugo

Junior Ofokansi, Chetachi Ofokansi, Mpompo Ofokansi. Enugu, Nigeria, 2008 by Pieter Hugo