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. 
 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. 
 I was always on the lookout for a photo opportunity, a lighthearted moment, an original attitude, or some guy who was really funny. 
 My photographs are a kind of tourism because it’s as if you’re traveling to Mali when you see them. 
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