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MALICK SIDIBE: PHOTOGRAPHS
by Andre Magnin
Publisher's Description
One of the great representatives of Malinese photography, Malick Sidibé, has been chosen as the recipient of the Hasselblad Award for 2003. Sidibé was born in the small village of Soloba and after various apprenticeships and art classes, he became the pupil of Gérard Guillat, owner of the Photo Service boutique. Three years later, he opened his own "Studio Malick," where he still works today. His brilliance lies in the even-keeled enthusiasm of his images, made over a 40 year period in the capital city of Bamako, Mali. Photographs presents the viewer with work made primarily in the 60s and 70s, and a handful of photographs from this decade. His work is characterized by a steady, loving gaze born of an intimate knowledge of the people he photographed. The exuberance of youth resounds throughout the portraits in this book, while his humility is evident in the interview with André Magnin. "There is an explanation to every success. What is it that has made of Malick Sidibé, the Malian villager from Soloba, a great photographer?" Sidibé replies, "I think that it is my father's love. I knew that images were my destiny. It was a gift and my father had been able to see it. Normally, a Fulani child from a peasant family with seventeen children is destined to become a peasant. I ought to have been a peasant but his decision to send me to school definitely changed my life."
ISBN: 3882439734
Publisher: Steidl
Hardcover : 108 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 12 x 12 x 0.8 inches
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