Malick Sidibé
[Photographer, b. 1935, Soloba, Mali, d. 2016, Bamako, Mali.]

 Man tried to imitate God by drawing; then we invented the photo. 
 It’s a world, someone’s face. When I capture it, I see the future of the world. 
 Photographs are reality: they never lie, and that’s important to me. 
 I wanted to be the photographer of happiness. 
 I was always on the lookout for a photo opportunity, a lighthearted moment, an original attitude, or some guy who was really funny. 
 It’s all the same. It’s the same face. We always look for an idea, for the same face, for the same position. There is no such thing as a “European” or an “African photography.” It’s all the same thing. 
 Before I knew the camera, I knew about images. It’s all about trying to make light with a pencil or with a crayon. It really helped me in the beginning, because I understood how light and shadow were working on an image. 
 People said if [I] was at a party, it gave it prestige. I would let people know I’d arrived by letting off my flash… You could feel the temperature rise right away. 
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