South African photographer Pieter Hugo‘s photography exhibit Nollywood opens tomorrow at the Yossi Milo Gallery. Third largest film industry after Hollywood and Bollywood, Nollywood produces 1000 low-budget straight-to-video films a year. Tragic, raging, and rooted in traditional story telling, the Nigerian film industry’s focus lays on the supernatural, the symbolic, the melodramatic and the macabre.

Traveling through West Africa, Pieter Hugo has previously tried to capture the self-representing and locally based Nollywood phenomena, but switched his documentarian efforts to more Herzogian approach, hiring local actors to recreate typical Nollywood scenes on the sets in Enugu and Asaba. The photos have been floating around the internet for awhile now, as were Hugo’s photographs of men walking hyenas like pit bulls, but preview the remarkable work with us here anyway.

“Nollywood,” Pieter Hugo, Feb 25 – Apr 10, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York