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Seydou Keita

Mali Born in: 1921

Seydou Keïta was born in 1921 in Bamako, Mali. He began photography with a small Kodak Brownie Flash in 1935. He opened his studio in 1948 and specialized in portraiture which he produced to order in natural light and in black and white. He was very successful very quickly and the inhabitants of Bamako, Mali and West Africa flocked to his studio. One poses there alone, in couple, in family, in group, between friends, framed in three quarter bust, or in feet, almost always positioned by Keïta himself who wants to give of his customers the most beautiful image. In his studio, clients can have their picture taken with chic clothes, hats and accessories, as well as a radio, bicycle, scooter or car that Keïta provides them with. The photographer uses decorative patterned backgrounds that he renews every two or three years. His photographs constitute an exceptional testimony of Malian society from the end of the 1940s to 1963. From Independence, he became an official photographer for the Malian government and retired in 1977. His work, rediscovered at the beginning of the 90s has been shown around the world. He intuitively reinvented the art of portraiture through the search for extreme precision. A grace, an elegance shines through all his images. He died in 2001.

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Few works remaining by Seydou Keita

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Seydou Keita, Jeune fonctionnaire colonial et sa famille, Photography

Seydou Keita

Jeune fonctionnaire colonial et sa famille, 1965
7.1 x 5.1 inch
Photography

$1,958

Seydou Keita, Deux femmes assises et une petite fille debout. Toutes les trois en camisole, Photography

Seydou Keita

Deux femmes assises et une petite fille debout. Toutes les trois en camisole, 1965
7.1 x 5.1 inch
Photography

$1,958

Seydou Keita, Quatre femmes en camisole avec un bébé, Photography

Seydou Keita

Quatre femmes en camisole avec un bébé, 1965
7.1 x 5.1 inch
Photography

$1,958

Seydou Keita, Portrait, Photography

Seydou Keita

Portrait, 1965
7.1 x 5.1 inch
Photography

$1,958

Seydou Keita, Une jeune mère avec son bébé dans les bras, en robe à l’occidental et coiffée d’un chignon, Photography

Seydou Keita

Une jeune mère avec son bébé dans les bras, en robe à l’occidental et coiffée d’un chignon, 1965
7.1 x 5.1 inch
Photography

$1,958

Seydou Keita, Une femme style Versailles avec une coiffure zazou et pendentif en or, Photography

Seydou Keita

Une femme style Versailles avec une coiffure zazou et pendentif en or, 1965
7.1 x 5.1 inch
Photography

$1,958

Seydou Keita, Une femme style Versailles, Photography

Seydou Keita

Une femme style Versailles, 1965
7.1 x 5.1 inch
Photography

$1,958

Seydou Keita, Jeune femme en camisole influencée par la mode sénégalaise, Photography

Seydou Keita

Jeune femme en camisole influencée par la mode sénégalaise, 1965
7.1 x 5.1 inch
Photography

$1,958

Seydou Keita, Deux femmes maures avec leur fils et leur petite fille, Photography

Seydou Keita

Deux femmes maures avec leur fils et leur petite fille, 1965
7.1 x 5.1 inch
Photography

$1,958

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