Les deux amis musiciens, 1969

© Malick Sidibé // Courtesy: Magnin-A

Malick Sidibé_Nuit de noël (happy club)_1963_50 x 60cm Tirage argentique baryté_

Malick Sidibé, Les jeunes bergers peulh, 1972

Tirage argentique Baryté, 50x60cm
© Malick Sidibé // Courtesy: Magnin-A

Malick Sidibé

Malick Sidibé


Malick Sidibé was born in a Peul family in a small village of Mali. He was noticed for his talent as a draftsman and was admitted to the School of Sudanese Craftsmen in Bamako from which he graduated in I955. He decorated the "Photo Service" store of Gerard Guillat, also known as "Gégé la Pellicule", who offered him a job as his apprentice. That's how he got started in photography in 1956. Two years later, he opened the "Studio Malick" in the centre of Bamako in Bagadadji, on 30th Street, Corner I9. The wildness of the 1950's and the upcoming of Independence gave birth to a new generation of photographers who were totally involved in the cultural and social life that they recorded. Malick Sidibé, a pivotal character in this scene, was highly appreciated by young people and was invited to all the parties the younth organized in clubs, learned the new dances coming from Europe and Cuba, and dressed elegantly in Western clothes. In I957 he was the only reporter in Bamako who covered all the events, festivities and surprise-parties. On Saturdays, these parties lasted until dawn and continued on Sunday on the banks of the river Niger. This on-the-spot coverage provided simple pictures, full of truth and complicity. Spontaneity emerges from his photos: he captured the playful partying, full of laughter and life. He quit this activity in 1978, but continued his studio photography. His work has now gained an international recognition.


2012 Malick Sidibé Solo Show, agnès b. galerie boutique, New York, Etats-Unis
2009 Les nuits de Bamako, Photographies de Malick Sidibé, Musée Nicéphore Niepce, Chalon-sur-Saône, France 
2008 Malick Sidibé 08, Fondation Zinsou, Cotonou, Bénin
2007 Malick Sidibé: Los Sabena Club, Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Anvers, Belgique
2001/2002 Malick Sidibé, Galleria Nazionale, Arte Moderna, Rome, Italie
1999 Malick Sidibé, Australian Center for Photography, Sydney, Australie
1995 Malick Sidibé: Bamako 1962-1976, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France

2013 Modernités plurielles de 1905 à 1970, Musée national d’Art moderne - Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
2009/2010 Malick Sidibé et la photographie de mode, Frontières - sèmes Rencontres de Bamako, Biennale africaine de photographie, Bamako, Mali
2006/2007 100% Africa, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Espagne 
2005/2006 African Art Now: Masterpieces from Jean Pigozzi Collection 

2004 Je m’installe aux Abattoirs. La collection d’agnès b., Les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France
2003/2004 Village Global: les années 60, Musée des Beaux-arts, Montréal, Canada
2001/2002 You Look Beautiful Like That: The Portrait Photographs of Seydou Keïta and Malick Sidibé, National Portrait Gallery, Londres, Grande Bretagne
2001/2003 The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945-1994, P.S 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, Etats Unis 
1999 Instanbul Biennal (6): The Passion and the Wave, Istanbul, Turquie
1996 In/sight: African Photographers, 1940 to the present, Salomon R.Guggenheim Museum, New York, Etats-Unis

2011 Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Paris, France
2010 World Press Photo, catégorie Arts & Entertainments
2009 Award Photo Espana Baume & Mercier, Madrid, ESpagne 
2008 Infinity Award, International Center of Photography, New York, Etats-Unis
2007 Gold Lion of the 52e Biennal di Venezia, Venise, Italie
2003 Hasselblad Award Winner, Hasselblad Center, Göteborg Museum of Art, Göteborg, Suède
2002 Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Paris, France


Malick Sidibé

Malick Sidibé