Real Men Wear Plaid

Pieter Hugo at Yossi Milo is the Daily Pic by Blake Gopnik

The Daily Pic: In South Africa, Pieter Hugo shoots five boys in their new adult garb.

(© Pieter Hugo; courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York)

"Loyiso Mayga, Wandise Ngcama, Lunga White, Luyanda Mzantsi, Khungsile Mdolo after their initiation ceremony, Mthatha, South Africa," is a photo taken in 2008 by South African photographer Pieter Hugo and now in his powerful solo show at Yossi Milo gallery in New York. I'm told that these young men are supposed to wear their Burberry-ish plaid for a full year after circumcision ushers them into adulthood. Funny, but I've known wealthy young people in America who seem to follow the same rule, minus the cutting. If it were a matter of choosing, I might pick the knife over the plaid.

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