Pieter Hugo and Damien Poulain compile a striking book of undead friends

Date
11 December 2012
Reading Time
1 minute read

You should know by now that we’re big fans of Damien Poulain and his broad approach to design and publishing. We also love the raw photography of South African Pieter Hugo. So it should come as no surprise that we’re thrilled to discover the two men are collaborating again, on a book of Pieter’s photos with a powerful sense of the undead.

There’s A Place in Hell for Me and My Friends is a selection of portraits of Pieter and his friends all shot digitally and in colour. By a complex process of colour channel manipulation the images are transformed into these revealing monochrome portraits, that highlight the melanin in each of his subjects’ skin. Through these images Pieter hopes to highlight the errors of our racial distinction by revealing that the basic elements are the same in each of us. Rather less importantly, each of the portraits transforms each sitter into an archetypal Hollywood zombie, giving them an immediacy that’s impossible to ignore.

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Pieter Hugo and Damien Poulain: There’s A Place in Hell for Me and My Friends

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Pieter Hugo and Damien Poulain: There’s A Place in Hell for Me and My Friends

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Pieter Hugo and Damien Poulain: There’s A Place in Hell for Me and My Friends

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Pieter Hugo and Damien Poulain: There’s A Place in Hell for Me and My Friends

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Pieter Hugo and Damien Poulain: There’s A Place in Hell for Me and My Friends

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Pieter Hugo and Damien Poulain: There’s A Place in Hell for Me and My Friends

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Pieter Hugo and Damien Poulain: There’s A Place in Hell for Me and My Friends

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Pieter Hugo and Damien Poulain: There’s A Place in Hell for Me and My Friends

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About the Author

James Cartwright

James started out as an intern in 2011 and came back in summer of 2012 to work online and latterly as Print Editor, before leaving in May 2015.

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