MAGNIN-A

MALICK SIDIBE



Né en 1935 à Soloba, Mali.
Vit et travaille à Bamako, Mali.

Malick Sidibé est né à Soloba, d'une famille peule dans un petit village du Mali. Remarqué pour ses talents de dessinateur, il est admis à l'Ecole des Artisans Soudanais de Bamako, d'où il sort diplômé en 1955. Il fait ses premiers pas dans la photographie auprès de « Gégé la Pellicule » et ouvre le Studio Malick en 1958 dans le quartier de Bagadadji, au cœur de Bamako. Il  s'implique dans la vie culturelle et sociale de la capitale, en pleine effervescence depuis l'Indépendance. Devenue une figure incontournable très appréciée par la jeunesse, Malick Sidibé est présent dans toutes les soirées où les jeunes découvrent les danses venues d'Europe et de Cuba, s'habillent à la mode occidentale et rivalisent d'élégance. En 1957 il est le seul reporter de Bamako à couvrir tous les événements, fêtes et surprises-parties. Le samedi, ces soirées durent jusqu'à l'aube et se poursuivent le lendemain au bord du fleuve Niger. De ses reportages de proximité, Sidibé rapporte des images simples, pleines de vérité et de complicité. Une insouciance et une spontanéité, une ambiance de fête, de jeux, de rires, de vie se dégagent de ses photos.          

Born in 1935 in Soloba, Mali.
Lives and works in Bamako.

Malick Sidibé was born in a Peul family in a small village of Mali. He was noticed for his talent as a draftsman and 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 coming 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 where the young, 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.