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

 Man tried to imitate God by drawing; then we invented the photo. 
 It’s a world, someone’s face. When I capture it, I see the future of the world. 
 I wanted to be the photographer of happiness. 
 Photographs are reality: they never lie, and that’s important to me. 
 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. 
 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. 
 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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