The African Dolce Vita – the photographs of Malick Sidibe’*

Campari and Sofa

How does one portray the spirit of one’s country? Through the faces of its people is an excellent way to start.

Malick Sidibe’ was born in Bamako, in what was then French Sudan (now Mali) in the 1930’s, and it was art who lifted him out of poverty and took him away from a peasant life. Gifted at drawing, he was noticed while in high school and selected to go the  School of Sudanese Craftsmen where he approached a photographer and asked him to teach him some technique.

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