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.