From Publishers Weekly
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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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