The South African photographer Pieter Hugo is particularly interested in people who stand on the edge of society. The ‘Gadawan Kura’ are among these: vagabonds who travel through Nigeria with hyenas, pythons and monkeys and earn their living through performances and selling traditional medicines. The animals are meant to entice potential customers—for Nigerians, the ‘Gadawan Kura’ possess a magical power because they are able to hold the terrifying animals under control. To do this they use herbs and amulets, but also heavy sticks. For the series, The Hyena Men, Hugo accompanied them on their tour for several weeks. He portrays the men, who pose proudly with their animals, unemotionally and statically. This way he gives equal attention to both; both names are also given in the title.