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. 
 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. 
 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. 
 My photographs are a kind of tourism because it’s as if you’re traveling to Mali when you see them. 
 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. 
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