Being Nigerian, I have always felt connected to African photography. When I visited my grandmothers house in Nigeria in 2007, I came across a bunch of old photos of my family taken at local studios. I was mesmerized. African people are so beautiful and are naturals in front of the camera. There is an amazing confidence, swag we embody.
I will be posting some of these old amazing family photos soon. Today, however I want to introduce to you the beautiful work of Malian photographer Malick Sidibe. His book, Malick Sidibe: The Portrait of Mali was given to me by my friend Patrik Bass, book editor at ESSENCE. It follows Sidebe’s photographs taken in his studio Bamako, Mali- which he opened in 1958. Two years later, in 1960, Mali gained their independence along with 16 other African nations (including Nigeria). With this new found freedom came a time of excitement, joy and promise for the people of Mali. The energy of this time is captured by Sidibe in his studio and at the many parties that filled the night during the ’60s and ’70s.
There were so many photos to choose from so I decided to include the images that spoke directly to my love of fashion. Enjoy!
Amazing images of Mali in ’60s & ’70s. A great coffee table book!
I had to add these next two photos that I found while researching Sidebe’s photography:
Cheers, hope you loved the photos!