Malick Sidibé (born 1935 or 1936) is Malian photographer noted for his black-and-white studies of popular culture in the 1960s in Bamako. He was born in Soloba, Mali and completed his studies in design and jewelry in the École des Artisans Soudanais (now the Institut National des Arts) in Bamako.
In 1958, he opened his own studio (Studio Malick) in Bamako and specialized in documentary photography, focusing particularly on the youth culture of the Malian capital. In the 1970s, he turned towards the making of studio portraits.
Sidibé was able to increase his reputation through the first meetings on African photography in Mali in 1994. His work is now exhibited in Europe (for example, the Fondation Cartier in Paris), the United States and Japan. Many of Sidibé’s photos are part of The Contemporary African Art Collection (CAAC) of Jean Pigozzi.
In 2003, Malick Sidibé received the Hasselblad Award for photography.
Sidibé was awarded the Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion for lifetime achievement award in 2007. It was the first time it had been presented to a photographer.
Malick Sidibé is represented by Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp.
In 2006 Tigerlily Films made a documentary entitled “Dolce Vita Africana” about Malick, filming him at work in his studio in Bamako, having a reunion with many of his friends (and former photographic subjects) from his younger days and speaking to him about his work.
In 2008, Sidibé was awarded the ICP Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement.