Seydou Keïta

West Africa

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Seydou Keita (Bamako, Mali, 1921 - 2001) was a beloved Malian photographer known for his footage of Bamako society during its transition to independence. Initially set for a career in carpentry, Keita's path shifted when he was given his first camera by his uncle. His ensuing obsession with photography kept him behind the lens throughout adolescence, eventually opening his own studio in 1948. His original artwork is decorated with an exceptional effort to reveal unseen potentials of beauty in his subjects and settings. Keita's pictures have been shown at Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris (2017); Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai (2016); The Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (2013).

““It’s easy to take a photo, but what really made a difference was that I always knew how to find the right position, and I was never wrong. Their head slightly turned, a serious face, the position of the hands... I was capable of making someone look really good.” ” - Seydou Keïta

Exhibitions

Keita's pictures have been shown at Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris (2017); Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai (2016); The Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (2013).