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April 2016
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"Seydou Keïta" at the Grand Palais, Paris.

Keita, Sans titre. C’est maintenant avril 2016 PLUME VOYAGE. @plumevoyagemagazine © DR

Born in Bamako, Seydou Keïta just liked photography.

Self-taught, he opened his first studio in 1948 in a lively neighborhood and specialized in the on-demand portrait, individual or group, that he mainly created in a black and white room, with a preference for natural light. His work, which covers a relatively short period, offers an unparalleled testimony about the changes of the Malian urban society which emancipates from traditions, aspires to a certain modernity, while decolonization is at work and that independence approaches. Seydou Keita is today considered as one of the great photographers of the second half of the twentieth century, on the same scale that the most famous portrait photographers such as Richard Avedon and August Sander.
Until the 11th of July. B.D. www.grandpalais.fr

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