Malick Sidibé (1935 – April 14, 2016) was a Malian photographer noted for his black-and-white studies of popular culture in the 1960s in Bamako. During his life, Sidibé gained an international reputation and was considered, along with Seydou Keïta, to be Mali's most famous photographer.His work was the subject of a number of publications and exhibited throughout Europe and the United States. In 2007, he received a Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement at Venice Biennale, becoming both the first photographer and the first African so recognized. Other awards he received included a Hasselblad Award for photography, an International Center of Photography Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement, and a World Press Photo award. Sidibé's work is held in the collections of The Contemporary African Art Collection (CAAC), the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
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Known for his images of the people of newly independent Mali in the 1960s and 1970s. Sidibé's work became known in the United States and Europe only in the 1990s. He was the first African to receive the Hasselblad Award, in 2003. In 2007 he won the Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale. He variously stated his birthdate as 1935 or 1936, but the latter is most commonly accepted.
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