Seydou Keita opens his own studio in 1948 and promptly earns a strong reputation with his black and white portraits. Until the early 20th century, most of West Africa’s photographic documentation was in the hands of white Europeans that shaped their very own biased vision so, once cameras were held by African themselves, sitters began to sincerely communicate their personal narratives. Always naturally lit, the Malian photographer’s images depict individuals, couples or groups clad in their finest attires that we can clearly imagine extraordinary colorful while the sitters seem proud and happy to pose. Graceful and elegant, the portraits highlight their subjects with the help of innovative compositions and decorative backgrounds as well as accessories the photographed lent - 'we cannot place clients before a white wall; it isn't respectful'. The celebrated witness of Mali’s society, Bamako’s inhabitants believed that whom has not been photographed by Seydou Keita has never been properly photographed.