Christian Lutz continues his photographic study of power structures with Tropical Gift. He took portraits in Nigeria of people who live by and with the ecomic force that dominates everything there, the oil and gas industry. The photographs observe the protagonists' everyday lives and professional world from very close up, the rich profiteers in the capital and the indigeus population in the oil region, the Niger delta. The pictures tell their own story of business with these coveted raw materials subtly, but highly expressively.
Christian Lutz, 1973, photographer, Nicolas Bouvier Prize, Switzerland, 2007, German Photobook Prize 2007, 'The best in Swiss Photography of 2007.'