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The Archive of Malian Photography.
Malick Sidibé’s retrospective exhibition Mali Twist from Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain.
Candace M. Keller, Imaging Culture: Photography in Mali, West Africa (Indiana University Press, 2021).
Michelle Lamunière, You Look Beautiful like That: The Portrait Photographs of Seydou Keïta and Malick Sidibé (Harvard Art Museums, 2001).