Remembering Malick Sidibé - The British Journal of Photography
Malick Sidibé, the photographer who captured the effervescent youth movement of Mali in the years before the West African country gained independence in 1960, has died at the age of 80.

© Malick Sidibé, courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

They’re dressed, fantastically, in white, but they couldn’t be more black. They’re holding hands, in the midst of a dance, and most probably a courtship. It’s late in the night. Music is playing. They look flushed, happy. They couldn’t be more alive. And they are about to celebrate their independence.

In Bamako, the capital of Mali, in the late nineteen fifties, where this photo was taken, the boys would form gangs with over the top names. They’d belong to the Wild Cats, or the Black Socks.

In a country still under the control of an imperialist French government [...]

Written by Tom Seymour

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