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Seydou Keita : 50 Works
Seydou Keita
50 Works
C. Pigozzi, April 18, 2016
Seydou Keita, 1952-1955_Bamako, Mali_C.A.A.A.C_Pigozzi Collection_Geneva
Seydou Keita, 1952-1955_Bamako, Mali_C.A.A.A.C_Pigozzi Collection_Geneva
 
Seydou Keïta was one of the most celebrated West African photographers. Born in 1921, Bamako, Mali, Seydou Keïta’s photographs eloquently portray Bamako society during its era of transition from a cosmopolitan French colony to an independent capital. Initially trained by his father to be a carpenter, Keïta’s career as a photographer was launched in 1935 by an uncle who gave him his first camera, a Kodak Brownie Flash, which he had purchased during a trip to Senegal. During his adolescence Keïta mastered the technical challenges of shooting and printing; he later purchased a large-format camera. The larger format not only offered an exceptional degree of resolution, it also made it possible for Keïta to make high quality contact prints without the aid of an enlarger. In 1948 he opened his own studio in Bamako and he quickly built up a successful business.

Seydou Keita, 1949-1951_Bamako, Mali_C.A.A.A.C_Pigozzi Collection_Geneva
Seydou Keita, 1949-1951_Bamako, Mali_C.A.A.A.C_Pigozzi Collection_Geneva
 
Seydou Keita, 1952-1955_Bamako, Mali_C.A.A.A.C_Pigozzi Collection_Geneva
Seydou Keita, 1952-1955_Bamako, Mali_C.A.A.A.C_Pigozzi Collection_Geneva
 
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