These fashioned insightful studio portraits of ordinary Malian people, are by the great Malian photographer Seydou Keita (1921-2001). His photography has people usually posed with intriguing combinations of African and Western clothing and props that he provided.
Keïta, who was entirely self-trained, founded a small photography studio in the city of Bamako in 1948 and quickly gained a reputation for formal portraiture.
He was designated the Republic of Mali’s official photographer in 1962 and closed his studio to concentrate on his new duties, but he carefully preserved and stored thousands of black-and-white images.
His works have influenced many African photographers we see and know today.
(Photo’s courtesy of seydoukeitaphotographer.com)