The Malian photographer who shot Africa’s post-independence flow - huck
Text by Alex King

Photography © Malick Sidibé - courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris

The Eye of Bamako

Malick Sidibé documented a bright new generation throwing off the shackles of colonialism after Mali’s independence in 1960.

A childhood accident left Malick Sidibé blind in one eye, but that didn’t stop him seeing – and documenting – the energy of post-independence Mali. Before his death aged 80 in April 2016, he picked up the title “the eye of Bamako” and left a priceless record of African youth culture. [...]

Check out Malick Sidibé’s work at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair at Somerset House, October 6-9.

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