Malick Sidibé
[Photographer, b. 1935, Soloba, Mali, d. 2016, Bamako, Mali.]

 It’s a world, someone’s face. When I capture it, I see the future of the world. 
 Man tried to imitate God by drawing; then we invented the photo. 
 I wanted to be the photographer of happiness. 
 Photographs are reality: they never lie, and that’s important to me. 
 Young people enjoyed having their photo taken in their best attire, with their new earrings, curled hair, showing off their best watch, their bracelets… Everyone likes to be beautiful in photographs. 
 I was always on the lookout for a photo opportunity, a lighthearted moment, an original attitude, or some guy who was really funny. 
 Before I knew the camera, I knew about images. It’s all about trying to make light with a pencil or with a crayon. It really helped me in the beginning, because I understood how light and shadow were working on an image. 
 People said if [I] was at a party, it gave it prestige. I would let people know I’d arrived by letting off my flash… You could feel the temperature rise right away. 
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