Photography

Sidibé, Malick (1936)

After having been remarked as a talented draughtsman in his childhood, Malick Sidibé becomes the pupil of Gérard Guillat, the owner of the Photo Service boutique for which he handles the decoration. He then opens his own photographic studio, the Studio Malick, in Bamako, in 1962 and he promptly attracts a popular and young clientele while he wanders on the streets of his country, capturing the youth in nightclubs, concerts, on the beach or hanging out in sports events. He not only illustrates a careless and exuberant atmosphere but also how the youth has an irresistible desire to resemble young whites at a transitional time for the country moving out as a French colony and eager to become a modern Western-like nation, a youth shared between tradition and novelty brought by new fashions, music and lifestyles: ‘I believe in the power of images’. Thanks to his early years as a decorator, for his studio pictures, Malick Sidibé imagines elaborate compositions with striking combinations of patterns that echo the sartorial blends his sitters favor. The size of postcards, his photographs were often cherished objects that not only delivered a fresh and incredible modern approach to style that clearly inspired contemporary fashion designers, but also established an extensive documentary observation of Mali just as August Sander had done with Germany.
 

Malick Sidibé, Madame Natenin, 1964
Malick Sidibé, Madame Natenin, 1964
Malick Sidibé, Untitled, 1965
Malick Sidibé, Untitled, 1965
Malick Sidibé, Friends of Spanish, 1968
Malick Sidibé, Friends of Spanish, 1968
Malick Sidibé, Boys, 1975
Malick Sidibé, Boys, 1975
Malick Sidibé, Miss Keïta, 1969
Malick Sidibé, Miss Keïta, 1969
Malick Sidibé, Miss Kanté Sira, 1965
Malick Sidibé, Miss Kanté Sira, 1965
Malick Sidibé, Party for Miss Mounina, 1962
Malick Sidibé, Party for Miss Mounina, 1962
Malick Sidibé, Mr. Kader Traaré, 1979
Malick Sidibé, Mr. Kader Traaré, 1979
Malick Sidibé, Three young men, date unknown
Malick Sidibé, Three young men, date unknown
Malick Sidibé, Dance the twist!, 1965
Malick Sidibé, Dance the twist!, 1965
Malick Sidibé, Shoes for Dancing, 1963
Malick Sidibé, Shoes for Dancing, 1963
Malick Sidibé, Large family from the rear, 2000
Malick Sidibé, Large family from the rear, 2000
Malick Sidibé, Lancina Sanogo, the friend of Mody seen from the rear, 2002
Malick Sidibé, Lancina Sanogo, the friend of Mody seen from the rear, 2002
Malick Sidibé, The whole family on the motorbike, 1962
Malick Sidibé, The whole family on the motorbike, 1962
Malick Sidibé, Yokoro, 1970
Malick Sidibé, Yokoro, 1970
Malick Sidibé, Boxer, 1966
Malick Sidibé, Boxer, 1966
Malick Sidibé, Christmas Eve, 1963
Malick Sidibé, Christmas Eve, 1963
Malick Sidibé, The newly circumcised, 1983
Malick Sidibé, The newly circumcised, 1983
Malick Sidibé, Merengue dancer, 1964
Malick Sidibé, Merengue dancer, 1964
Malick Sidibé, James Brown fans, 1965
Malick Sidibé, James Brown fans, 1965
Malick Sidibé, Drissa Balo wedding party, 1967
Malick Sidibé, Drissa Balo wedding party, 1967
Malick Sidibé, On the rocks on the shore of the Niger, 1971
Malick Sidibé, On the rocks on the shore of the Niger, 1971
Malick Sidibé, During the great heat, 1976
Malick Sidibé, During the great heat, 1976
Malick Sidibé, Friends fighting with stones, 1976
Malick Sidibé, Friends fighting with stones, 1976
Malick Sidibé, Friends, 1976
Malick Sidibé, Friends, 1976
Malick Sidibé, Boxer, 1966
Malick Sidibé, Boxer, 1966
Malick Sidibé, With my child, 1975
Malick Sidibé, With my child, 1975
Malick Sidibé, Three friends on motorcycles, 1975
Malick Sidibé, Three friends on motorcycles, 1975
Malick Sidibé, Boxers demonstration, 1965
Malick Sidibé, Boxers demonstration, 1965
Malick Sidibé, Young Fulani Shepherds, Mali, 1972
Malick Sidibé, Young Fulani Shepherds, Mali, 1972
Malick Sidibé, My hat and bellbottoms, 1974
Malick Sidibé, My hat and bellbottoms, 1974
Malick Sidibé, A lover of tea, c. 1974/ 2001
Malick Sidibé, A lover of tea, c. 1974/ 2001
Malick Sidibé, On the rocks on the shore, c.1976/ 2008
Malick Sidibé, On the rocks on the shore, c.1976/ 2008
Malick Sidibé, Goddess on DS, 1973
Malick Sidibé, Goddess on DS, 1973
Malick Sidibé, It's not my fault, 1974
Malick Sidibé, It's not my fault, 1974
Malick Sidibé, Karate demonstration, 1975
Malick Sidibé, Karate demonstration, 1975
Malick Sidibé, Yéyé in position, 1963
Malick Sidibé, Yéyé in position, 1963
Malick Sidibé, My friend Alama Ballo, 1977
Malick Sidibé, My friend Alama Ballo, 1977
Malick Sidibé, I shoot first, 1971
Malick Sidibé, I shoot first, 1971
Malick Sidibé, A pose with my boots, 1978
Malick Sidibé, A pose with my boots, 1978
Malick Sidibé, My son Siné out of the house, 1999
Malick Sidibé, My son Siné out of the house, 1999
Malick Sidibé, Tea along the Niger, 1976
Malick Sidibé, Tea along the Niger, 1976
Malick Sidibé, Front of my car 4L, 1975
Malick Sidibé, Front of my car 4L, 1975
Malick Sidibé, Makessous Party, 1966
Malick Sidibé, Makessous Party, 1966
Malick Sidibé, Fulani seasonal workers, 1974
Malick Sidibé, Fulani seasonal workers, 1974
Malick Sidibé, A pose for me, 1972
Malick Sidibé, A pose for me, 1972
Malick Sidibé, Young gentleman, 1978
Malick Sidibé, Young gentleman, 1978
Malick Sidibé, Untitled, 1961
Malick Sidibé, Untitled, 1961
Malick Sidibé, Servers, 1969
Malick Sidibé, Servers, 1969
Malick Sidibé
Malick Sidibé
Malick Sidibé, New year Eve, 1973
Malick Sidibé, New year Eve, 1973
Malick Sidiibé
Malick Sidiibé
Malick Sidibé, Picnic at the Chaussée, 1972
Malick Sidibé, Picnic at the Chaussée, 1972
Malick Sidibé, Taximan, 1970
Malick Sidibé, Taximan, 1970
Malick Sidibé
Malick Sidibé
Malick Sidibé, Pulani friends, party day, 1972
Malick Sidibé, Pulani friends, party day, 1972
Malick Sidibé, All family on motorbike, 1977
Malick Sidibé, All family on motorbike, 1977
Malick Sidibé, Dancing twist, 1963
Malick Sidibé, Dancing twist, 1963
Malick Sidibé, Surprise party, 1954
Malick Sidibé, Surprise party, 1954
Malick Sidibé, I don't want photo, c. 1975
Malick Sidibé, I don't want photo, c. 1975
Malick Sidibé, Fake smoking, 1976
Malick Sidibé, Fake smoking, 1976
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