Seydou Keita | the artist

The artist Seydou Keita
Born 1921, Bamako, Mali.
Died Nov 22 2001, Paris, France.
Style and technique of the artist: Photography,

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Seydou Keïta’s photographs eloquently portray Bamako society during its era of transition from a cosmopolitan French colony to an independent capital.



As a self-trained photographer, Keïta always preferred the direct control that black and white studio portraits afforded. From 1949 to 1964, he developed a remarkable reputation; meticulously creating and preserving thousands of exceptional photographs...

In the twentieth century, photography became a medium of expression that African artists began to draw upon to reflect on the world around them. One of the exceptional talents to emerge in this area has been the Malian photographer Seydou Keita (1921–2001), whose work has been admired on an international scale...