Cristina de Middel is a master photojournalist with the rare ability to blend documentary and fiction storytelling for a stunning yet meaningful end piece. In the case of This is What Hatred Did, the images seek to make progress from the current understanding of Africa as one of devastation and to instead accurately capture the genuine essence of the continent.
Focusing on Nigeria, and loosely based on the narrative of a 50s children’s book by Amos Tutuola titled My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, about a boy becoming lost in the woods for 30 years after fleeing slave traders, this book gives imagery to the text through a mixture of photography and illustration. de Middel shatters the myths surrounding the idea of what life is by blurring the lines between real and imagined, ultimately creating a surreal sense of reality.
*de Middel’s first job as a photographer was taking pictures in Ibiza’s most bangin’ clubs.