|"In Bamako", by Dan Piepenbring - The Paris Review|
|The Malian photographer Malick Sidibés latest exhibition opens tonight at Jack Shainman Gallery. Sidibé, whos seventy-nine or eighty, lives in Bamako, where hes worked as a photographer since the fifties; hes known for his vivacious black-and-white studies of the citys youth culture. You go to someones wedding, someones christening, he told LensCulture in 2008, speaking of the renown he gained as a party photographer:
I was lucky enough at that time to be the intellectual young photographer with a small camera who could move around. The early photographers like Seydou Keïta worked with plate cameras and were not able to get out and use a flash. So I was much in demand by the local youth. Everywhere
in town, everywhere! Whenever there was a dance, I was invited
At night, from midnight to four A.M. or six A.M., I went from one party to another. I could go to four different parties. If there were only two, it was like having a rest. But if there were four, you couldnt miss any. If you were given four invitations, you had to go. You couldnt miss them. Id leave one place, Id take thirty-six shots here, thirty-six shots there, and then thirty-six somewhere else, until the morning.
His new show spans the whole of his career; its up through April 23.