Africa has lost one of its great sons, renowned Malian photographer, Malick Sidibé, popularly known as The Eye Of Bamako. Sidibé was born in Mali in 1936 and passed away yesterday, aged 80 years.

Renowned for his black-and-white photography of youth and popular culture in the 1960s and 1970s in the capital Bamako, Sidibé later focused on studio photography work.

Sidibé’s work has been extensively exhibited across the world and he won numerous awards during his lifetime.

In 2007, Sidibé became the first African and the first photographer to be awarded the Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale. In 2008, he was awarded the ICP Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement, and also received the Medal of Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from both France and Mali.

The Eye Of Bamako, indeed leaves an indelible mark and a great legacy, which will continue to inspire future generations. May he rest in perpetual peace.

Social media users have been sending their condolences messages: 

“Rest in peace Malick Sidibé – your work has inspired generations of photographers ‪#MalickSidibé  ‪#RIP”.

digitaldjeli ‏‪@digitaldjeli


“RIP ‪#MalickSidibe. My favourite photographer who took inspirational and timeless photographs”.

HelenMcGuckin ‏‪@helen_mcguckin


“RIP ‪#MalickSidibé

1963 Noel’inde bu nefis fotoğrafı çeken Malili fotoğraf sanatçısı sizlere ömür”.

Derya Bengi ‏‪@deryabengi


“La cultura africana está hoy de luto. Ayer murió en Bamako a los 80 años ‪#MalickSidibe uno de los padres de la fotografía en el continente”.

José Naranjo Noble ‏‪@naranjo_p


Source: jeuneafrique