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Nollywood Hardcover – October 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 119 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel Publishing; First edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791343122
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791343129
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,887,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By f.c on March 4, 2012
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nice book. there are a few stunning images, so that in itself makes this book. some of the images loose the balance between theatrical and documentary and come close on repeated viewing to being goofy. most images have a great sense of composition and light.
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By troy on September 1, 2011
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First of all, I like the subject of this book. I did not kwow of the existence of "this world". The photo's are very good. Pieter Hugo shows, after his really supurb first book "The Hyena and other man" that he is one of the best photographers of Africa!
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I just saw this book this afternoon and bought it as soon as I got home. Say what you will about Hugo, for me he manages, most of the time, to walk a very thin line between something that manages to get my attention and very poor taste. There is a very subtle quality to many of his images that somehow hooks my interest. His work isn't great photography and its far from art. But it does grab, and for me that's enough.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. Ogunyemi on December 23, 2009
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What a gigantic douche bag Pieter Hugo is! Hey, if you want to grab a camera and go on an anthropological safari stalking Nollywood game in Nigeria, be my guest. Only 500 other people have done so in the last five years. What is irritating is that the photographs are almost entirely of Hugo's imagination of what a Nollywood set should be like. Which would be fine if he were doing so purely as an "art" project and not claiming to "documents the intense and incredibly colorful world of Nollywood." You CANNOT document by staging phantasmagorical scenes using bit actors. Time Magazine makes it even worse by placing some of the more lurid (and frankly ludicrous) pictures in a slideshow entitled "Nollywood: The Stars of Nigeria's Movie Biz" - when the entire collection is peopled by complete unknowns.

Again, I'm not pissed off by Hugo staging and taking these pictures (I'm not impressed by his concepts either, but then again, it isn't 1922 and I'm not a poorly traveled ignoramus from the West with no internet access). It's presenting them as some version of reality that falls into an odious pattern that recurs with Africa - particularly the product description that claims that "Hugo's gorgeous photographs reveal a little-known phenomenon to a wider audience." Wow, I'd have guessed that more people know way more about Nollywood than about Mr. Hugo (only MILLIONS of people watch Nollywood movies every year), but I guess if it's not being defined or interpreted by a white guy for western audiences, then it doesn't really exist, does it?

Welcome, Mr. Hugo to the pantheon of "discoverers" like Mungo Park and Stanley. And shame on Zina and Chris for being party to this - yeah, I didn't read your pieces, but the vast majority of the "wider audience" won't either, so nothing you wrote could blunt the ignorance that's been spread so far.
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