/ excerpt from an interview with pieter hugo from artist profiles magazine
11 July 2010
"sometimes i look at my work and how people read it, and it has no relationship to what i might have experienced in taking the picture or what i might get from it. there's no absolute truth in what a portrait can convey. the way i view photography is closer to poetry than to documentary. it's one thing to portray something and to give an inventory of facts, and another to use those facts to your own ends, to achieve something that filmmaker werner herzog defines as an ecstatic truth, an experiential truth.."