Photographer Seydou Keïta at the Grand Palais, Paris - FT.com
The Malian photographer only became known to art circles in the west years after he had retired


Untitled photograph from 1949-51
© Seydou Keïta/CAAC/The Pigozzi Collection


Seydou Keïta’s belated discovery by the western art world as one of the leading portrait photographers of the second half of the 20th century remains a great advertisement for carefully conserving one’s work. In 1991, Keïta had been retired for almost 15 years when the French curator André Magnin came knocking on the door of the Malian photographer’s studio in downtown Bamako.

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