In his previous well-received volumes of photographs, Hugo offers unflinching yet striking portraits of humans, animals, societies, and landscapes that shock and disturb, but also demand our attention.
In Permanent Error, he documents a garbage dump in Ghana that has become the repository for discarded computers from around the world.
These haunting images document the true cost of a misguided policy-the shipping of millions of tons of obsolete computers to developing countries.
The computers are burned to extract valuable metals, effectively turning the site into a toxic wasteland that contaminates air, soil, and groundwater for miles around.
These amazing portraits tell a story of a marginal community overwhelmed by poverty, but where human strength and resilience shine through the inhuman conditions Hugo lays bare.