African woman seated on a bench wearing turban-like head cloth, large print dress, several necklaces; bracelet carved with oval motif

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Untitled, c. 1957 (printed 1997)

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Gelatin silver printexpand_more

Gift of Frederick B. Scheelexpand_more  2007.35.352

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A self-taught photographer, Seydou Keïta opened a portrait studio in Bamako, Mali, in 1948. Soon his portraits gained a reputation for excellence throughout West Africa, attracting numerous clients. Many were young men and women from Bamako, and some came from throughout colonial West Africa and arrived in the city via the Dakar-Niger Railway. Some customers brought with them the items with which they wanted to be photographed. But Keita also kept a selection of European clothing and accessories—watches, pens, radios, scooters, etc.—which he put at their disposal in his studio. Keïta frequently placed his subjects in front of a floral-pattern cloth backdrop, often to visually stunning effect, as the patterns of the backdrop blend and commingle with those of the sitter’s clothes.

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Title
Untitled
Artist Life
1921-2001
Role
Photographer
Accession Number
2007.35.352
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African woman seated on a bench wearing turban-like head cloth, large print dress, several necklaces; bracelet carved with oval motif

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