Earlier this year, I shared my experience at the Malik Sidibe exhibition I went to at Somerset House (read here), and expressed how much I loved the photographs he took of Malians in the 60’s. Today I came across another Malian photographer whose portraits excited me almost as much as Sidibes did, so of course, I had to share.
Seydou Keïta was famous in Bamako, because of his ability to create beautiful portraits. Like Sidibe, Keïta’s photographs were an insight into the social changes happening in Bamako, as it transitioned from a French colony to an independent Capital. He was a self-taught photographer who set up his own studio and created a successful business, taking photos of individuals, families and professionals. A lot of his photos highlighted the Western influence of dressing amongst young Malians at the time. International recognition came later on in his career, with his first solo exhibition taking place in Paris, in 1994, which led to other shows and exhibitions all over the world.
I’m a sucker for black and white photography so I hope you guys love these as much as I do!