woman lying on a rug with child seated on a pillow in front of her; she is wearing a turban, large earrings and a circular patterned dress. A young mother with her baby. She is wearing a taffeta headscarf, called a karton, because it is held up by a piece of cardboard. She also has a collection of gold rings called "waterfalls" (dyi suuru) on her right braid and a loose dress. . .

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Untitled (a young mother with her baby), c. 1960-1964

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“When people saw me with a camera around my neck, they asked me to take a photo of them. That’s how I began.” -Seydou Keïta Keïta began his photographic career in 1935 when his uncle gifted him his first camera: a Kodak Brownie Flash. He however, later switched to a large-format camera which offered better resolution and was able to open his own studio in 1948. His studio offered a variety of props ranging from European-style clothing and flowers, to Vespas and cars that customers could pose with. Here, a woman is lying on a geometric patterned rug with her child set against the plain backdrop of a bedsheet to emphasize the patterns in her dress, and headpiece. For most of his photos, Keïta used natural sunlight, granting the subject a more natural, everyday appearance.(

Details
Title
Untitled (a young mother with her baby)
Artist Life
1921-2001
Role
Photographer
Accession Number
98.39.1
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woman lying on a rug with child seated on a pillow in front of her; she is wearing a turban, large earrings and a circular patterned dress. A young mother with her baby. She is wearing a taffeta headscarf, called a karton, because it is held up by a piece of cardboard. She also has a collection of gold rings called "waterfalls" (dyi suuru) on her right braid and a loose dress. . .

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