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Seydou Keita and Malick Sidibe, two important and widely known commercial photographers from Mali, took mesmerising photographs of members of their communities during the decades before and after the country's independence from France in 1960. This book presents a range of these portraits, as well as excerpts of recent interviews with the artists and an essay placing the photographers within the context of the history of portrait photography in West Africa since its beginnings in the 1840s. In contrast to the early photographs of Africans produced by Western colonial powers, Keita and Sidibe's photographs represent the work of Africans controlling the camera to create images of African subjects for an African audience. Keita combined formulas of Western portrait photography with local aesthetics to create images that reflect both his clients' social identity and status within the community and an enthusiastic embrace of modernity. Later, as portrait conventions and societal roles became more flexible, Sidibe's subjects took a more active part in constructing the images of themselves that they wanted to convey. Africans have valued photography for its unique ability to capture a person's likeness, which, says Sidibe, was regarded as more eternal than the subjects themselves. This book is a striking collection of such likenesses. This handsome volume accompanies an exhibition at Harvard University's Fogg Art Museum from September 1 to November 25, 2001.
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This handsome volume accompanies an exhibition at Harvard University's Fogg Art Museum from September 1 to November 25, 2001. Distributed for the Harvard University Art MuseumsAbout the Author:
Michelle Lamunière is in the department of photographs, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums.
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Book Description Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 2001. Wraps. Condition: Near fine. First Edition. Small 4to. Pink and grey wraps. Near fine. 116pp. Catalog of an exhibition held at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, in 2001. Portrait photographs taken in Bamako, Mali, before and after Mali achieved independence from France in 1960. Keita and Sidibe -- the latter widely known for his photographs of youth culture and society -- were the two most successful and celebrated Malian photographers during their lifetimes. Both worked through the '50s and '60s as prominent studio photographers who excelled in the genre.Illustrated thoughout with black and white plates, presented with an uneasy blend of anxious respect and unintentional academicised exoticism: the photographers' status as working artists, self-supporting professionals with a clientele to please, seems to deeply have deeply impressed the curator as a remarkable cultural circumstance. Lamuniere writes that as commercial photographers, Keita and Sidibe "did not see themselves as artists when they produced these images," an assertion not corroborated by Sidibe himself, who says: "You know, I really think the art of photography is in the studio work. That's where the artistry comes into play. For me, setting up a photo shoot isn't so different from drawing a scene". Beautiful and arresting photographs presented with some historical background and a pair of illuminating interviews. Seller Inventory # 22348
Book Description Harvard Univ Art Museum, 2001. Paperback. Condition: Used: Good. First Edition. Seller Inventory # SONG1891771205
Book Description Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge MA, 2001. First Edition. 25 x 19 cm 116 pp with b&w illustrations throughout. Wrappers with flaps, a fine copy. Seller Inventory # 13095