Malick Sidibé (born 1935 or 1936) is Malian photographer notorious for his black-and-white studies of popular culture in the 1960s in Bamako. He was born in Soloba, Mali and completed his studies in design and jewelry in the École des Artisans Soudanais (now the Institut National des Arts) in Bamako. In 1958, he opened his own studio (Studio Malick) in Bamako and specialized in documentary photography, focusing particularly on the youth culture of the Malian capital. In the 1970s, he turned towards the making of studio portraits. His work is now exhibited in Europe by Fondation Cartier in Paris, as well as in the United States and Japan. In 2003, Malick Sidibé received the Hasselblad Award for photography, and in 2007, Sidibé was awarded the Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion for lifetime achievement award—the first time it has been presented to a photographer. 

Photographs from a baptism in Mali 1968 from the book Chemises

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