From Publishers Weekly
The catalogue of a recent Harvard University exhibition, You Look Beautiful Like That: The Portrait Photographs of Seydou Keita and Malick Sidib chronicles the two portrait photographers' work in Mali. Keta and Sidib took countless studio portraits of Malinese people before and after the country became independent from France in 1960. Michelle Lamunire, a curatorial research assistant at Harvard's Fogg Museum, includes an essay on the history of West African portrait photography (with images dating back to the turn of the century) and portions of recent interviews with the two artists. The 79 images ranging from people in strictly traditional dress to friends in hip Westernized get-ups to men posed in a boxing scene are striking for their subjects' arresting gazes and poses as well as for their superior production value.
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From Library Journal
Photographs have been taken in Africa since the 1840s, but only recently have scholars begun to pay attention to the work of indigenous African photographers, who typically blend Western technology and techniques with an African perspective and aesthetic sensibility. This catalog, which accompanies an exhibition at Harvard's Fogg Art Museum, focuses on commercial portraits by two Bamako, Mali, photographers, whose photos are drawn from the collection of noted African art collector Jean Pigozzi. Active in the latter half of the 20th century, Keta and Sidibe chronicle an important part of the colonial and postcolonial urban West African experience. The text consists of an excellent illustrated essay by Lamuni ere (curatorial research assistant, Fogg Art Museum) on the history of photography in Africa and, in particular, the role of African photographers; following art interviews with Keita and Sidibe. About half the catalog is devoted to fascinating portraits of members of the photographers' communities, taken from the mid-1950s through the mid-1970s. Highly recommended for any library with an interest in photography or Africana. Eugene C. Burt, Seattle
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