Malick Sidibe


Malian photographer Known as the 'eye of Bamako' Malick Sidibe's joyous black and white portraits showing Malian dancing carefree in the 1960s after the country claimed independence from France became celebrated around the world. When his work was shown at the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris it brought Malick Sidibe international fame. Soon his small format photographs were being blown up for exhibitions in Europe, America and Japan. He was invited to give a talk in Harvard. In 2007, he became the first African to win the Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Biennale.

Compiler: M. Nauman Khan

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