In early 2016, Pieter Hugo travelled to Jamaica to shoot a series of portraits of street-cast models wearing seminal pieces of the Hood By Air archive. The group included male porn stars and Gully Queens, a vilified gay community in Kingston who live in a gully (or drain) beneath the city.
PH x HBA includes an in-conversation between Pieter Hugo and Carlos Nazario, collaborator on the project and a long-time collaborator and friend of Hood by Air’s founder Shayne Oliver. They discuss the challenges they faced photographing such sexually ambiguous characters in a country where homosexuality is still illegal. The conversation is informative and personal and reveals something of the tension they felt during the process of making this fascinating body of work. (We Folk)
Published by See W, the imprint of Ewen Spencer and Olivia Gideon Thomson (founder of We Folk).