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Exhibit | Malick Sidibé - CRAVE
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Exhibit | Malick Sidibé by Miss Rosen

The photographer of happiness returns with a selection of lesser-known works that celebrate the people of his native Mali.


À côté de la boîte à musiques,
c. 1969-2002 gelatin silver print
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.


“Man tried to imitate God by drawing; then we invented the photo,” Malick Sidibé observed. Indeed, there is a sense of the eternal, ethereal soul that resides below the flesh, deep in the bone in the photographs of the man from Bamako. Born in Mali in 1936, Sidibé has lived and worked in his native land for six decades, becoming one of the greatest photographers of the twentieth century. His iconic images from the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s take us back to a time of transition as African countries gained their independence from foreign imperial powers in Europe.

Sidibé began his career in 1955 as an apprentice, purchasing his first camera, a Brownie Flash, one year. In 1958, he opened Studio Malick in Bamako, and grew to become the premier photographer of youth culture. Whether at the clubs or at sporting events, on the beach or in the studio, Sidibé brilliantly captured the vibrant joy and energy of the first generation of free Malians.

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