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. 
 Photographs are reality: they never lie, and that’s important to me. 
 I wanted to be the photographer of happiness. 
 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. 
 It’s all the same. It’s the same face. We always look for an idea, for the same face, for the same position. There is no such thing as a “European” or an “African photography.” It’s all the same thing. 
 My photographs are a kind of tourism because it’s as if you’re traveling to Mali when you see them. 
 I was always on the lookout for a photo opportunity, a lighthearted moment, an original attitude, or some guy who was really funny. 
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