Pieter Hugo's Permanent Error reveals the devastating consequences of toxic waste on one community in Africa. Hugo's photographs document a garbage dump in Ghana that has become the repository for discarded computers from around the world, revealing 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. Hugo's amazing portraits tell a story of a marginal community overwhelmed by poverty, but where human strength and resilience shine through the inhuman conditions.
Published by Prestel | 2011
Hardcover, 112 pages | ISBN 978-3-7913-4520-8 | Price: R450