Malick Sidibé

Malick Sidibé (1936 – 2016) was one of the great African Studio photographers of his generation. A legend in Bamako in the 60s and 70s, no party was complete without him. Studio Malick in the lively Bagadadji quarter of the city was the place to hang out, be seen and have your portrait taken wearing the latest clothes, watches and hairstyles inspired by magazines and record covers from Europe and America.


These charming and empathetic portraits of post-independent Mali are a unique document of a time and place and are testament to Sidibé’s ability to reveal so much using only basic props and a modest studio. Sidibé was the first photographer to receive the Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale. His photographs have been exhibited all over the world.