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  • ISBN: 9780300091885
  • ISBN10: 0300091885

You Look Beautiful Like That The Portrait Photographs of Seydou Keita and Malick Sidibe

by Michelle Lamuniere

  • List Price: $22.95
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Yale Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 03/01/2002
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Seydou Keita & Malick Sidibe, two important & widely known commercial photographers from Mali, took mesmerizing photographs of members of their communities during the decades before & 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 & 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 & 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 & status within the community & an enthusiastic embrace of modernity. Later, as portrait conventions & 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.
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