Malick Sidibé (born in 1935) is a Malian photographer noted for his black-and-white studies of popular culture in the 1960s in Bamako. He graduates in Jewellery and Design but starts his career in a totally different field: the decoration the Photo Service boutique, where he will become the pupil of owner Gérard Guillat. Three years later, he opens his own “Studio Malick”, where he still works.
In the sixties and seventies he focussed solely on the local youth. Caught in surprise snapshots, or posing leisurely, these youngsters drag him along on their numerous wanderings. To sports events, relaxing on the beach, a fight in the nightclub Happy Boys or the Surf Club, out to a concert or seducing girls. Malick Sidibe got the Hasselblad Award, the golden Lion at the Venice Biennale and lately the ICP award for lifetime achievement.