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Seydou Ke´ta
African photographer

The great African portraitist Seydou Ke´ta lived in Bamako, Mali from 1921 to 2001. A self-taught photographer, he opened a studio in 1948 and specialized in portraiture. Seydou Ke´ta soon photographed all of Bamako and his portraits gained a reputation for excellence throughout West Africa.
His numerous clients were drawn by the quality of his photos and his great sense of aesthetics. Many were young men, dressed in European style clothing. Some customers brought in items they wanted to be photographed with but Ke´ta also had a choice of European clothing and accessories - watches, pens, radios, scooter, etc. - which he put at their disposal in his studio. The women came in flowing robes often covering their legs and their throats, only beginning to wear Western outfits in the late 60s.
Seydou Ke´ta worked primarily with daylight and for economic reasons took only a single shot for each picture.

Seydou Ke´ta was discovered in the West in the 1990s. His first solo exhibition took place in 1994 in Paris at the Fondation Cartier. This was followed by many others in various museums, galleries and foundations worldwide. A extraordinary exhibition was completely dedicated to him in Grand Palais from March to July 2016.
Seydou Ke´ta is now universally recognized as the father of African photography and considered one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century.



© Seydou Keita


© Seydou Keita


© Seydou Keita


© Seydou Keita


© Seydou Keita


© Seydou Keita


© Seydou Keita


© Seydou Keita

 


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