Artist: Seydou Keïta (Malian, Bamako ca. 1921–2001 Paris)
Medium: Gelatin silver print, 2001
Dimensions: Overall: 24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm)
Image: 22 x 15 1/2 in. (55.9 x 39.4 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, Joseph and Ceil Mazer Foundation Inc. Gift, 2002
Accession Number: 2002.217
In 1991, when Keita's photographs were exhibited in New York, they were unsigned and he was unknown outside Africa. Soon after, the details of his photographic career emerged and international acclaim followed. He is considered a leader of a classic tradition of studio photographers working in Mali in the 1950s. His signature compositions, combining pattern on pattern, identify his unique, innovative style of photography.