Malick Sidibé (Soloba, 1936, Mali) is considered Africa’s most important living photographer. He lives and works in Bamako. In 2007 the Venice Art Biennale honoured him with the Golden Lion to the career. In 2003 he won the Hasselblad Prize, in 2008 the ICP Infinity Award, in 2009 the prize PhotoEspaña – Baume & Mercier, and, in 2010, the World Press Photo – Arts and Entertainment.
The book present his works, mostly inedited, from the sixties and seventies: from studio portrait in the purest African tradition, to the reportage works about nightlife in Bamako carried out during the first years of his country’s independences.
A unique documentation on Malian society and an important testimony of the desire for emancipation and enthusiasm of young generations.
The publication accompanies the exhibition dedicated to the photographer at the Maramotti Collection, the most important ever dedicated to him in Italy.
Reggio Emilia, May – July 2010
Portrait Art and Tradition in African Photography, from the Gold Coast to Bamako
Studio Malick, Bagadadji
A Story. Conversation with Malick Sidibé
Night and Day, Bamako