‘Next time you should walk.’ Those were the philosophical words given to us by internationally famous Malian photographer, Malick Sidibe.
Malick professed we would see more by walking, and as we looked carefully through his large collection of prints it was not difficult to see why he possessed such a view. Malick has been capturing images of Mali for nearly 60 years, documenting an iconic and exciting era of post colonial independence.
At art school Malick tells us he realised ‘the camera was faster than the pencil‘. He laughs as he tells us of a dream his mother had in the same year he acquired his first camera, ‘she imagined I filled the house with images‘.
While others continue to admire his work and stare wistfully at the images of Mali’s past and present, Malick claims ‘all there’s left to do is have fun‘. Sat in an armchair of his Bamako studio, with a lifetime of photography stored around him, it became clear where such philosophising had stemmed from.