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Title:Malick Sidibé: portrait of the artist as a portraitist
Editor:Vogel, Susan
City of publisher:Brooklyn, NY
Publisher:First Run Icarus
Geographic term:Mali
documentary films (form)
videos (form)
About person:Malick Sidibé (1936-2016)ISNI
External link:https://vimeo.com/66190699
Abstract:Malick Sidibé started out as a local photographer in Bamako, Mali. After independence in 1960, his snazzy studio portraits and party shots captured the buoyant optimism of a new nation. Today they are recognized internationally as masterpieces, and Malick is world famous. This short film looks at the work of the renowned African artist whose photographs have documented Malian society over a forty-year period. In an interview, this self-taught photographer, now seventy years old, describes how his photography answered a desire for immortality, discusses his views of photography as a 'social art form' and explains his documentary and portrait techniques, including methods of putting his subjects at ease and 'giving life to the image.' Another scene gives us a rare look at the photographer at work his studio, placing his subjects in stylized poses while he quickly deploys humor and flattery in the service of his art. 'Malick Sidibé' showcases many of his best known photos, especially those documenting Malian youth culture in the Sixties, including portraits of youngsters posing in the era's 'hip' fashions and his energetic images of Malian teenagers enjoying the latest dance crazes. (Abstract reproduced from dvd-video)