Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Nollywood Captured

Professional photographer Pieter Hugo traveled around Nigeria and captured rather enigmatic photos to reflect his take on the Nollywood industry in Nigeria. Here is an excerpt from Pieter Hugo's website about his exploration of Nollywood:

"In Africa, Nollywood movies are a rare instance of self-representation in the mass media.

The continent has a rich tradition of story-telling that has been expressed abundantly through oral and written fiction, but has never been conveyed through the mass media before.

Movies tell stories that appeal to and reflect the lives of its public: stars are local actors; plots confront the viewer with familiar situations of romance, comedy, witchcraft, bribery, prostitution. The narrative is overdramatic, deprived of happy endings, tragic. The aesthetic is loud, violent, excessive; nothing is said, everything is shouted."

To see the gallery of his work on Nollywood please click here

Or check out his entire website here

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