Malick Sidibé’s Vues de dos
Getty Conversations

A conversation with Claire L’Heureux, Department of Photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum and Steven Zucker, Executive Director, Smarthistory in front of Vues de dos, print 2003; frame 2004, Malick Sidibé. Gelatin silver print, glass, paint, cardboard, tape, and string, 36.5 x 27 cm (The J. Paul Getty Museum) © Malick Sidibé. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

What do you expect to see in a traditional portrait? See what artist Malick Sidibé has done to take his background in portrait photography to new compositions inspired by Mali and Western traditions in portraiture.

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Additional resources

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).

Cite this page as: Claire L'Heureux and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Malick Sidibé’s Vues de dos
Getty Conversations," in Smarthistory, May 17, 2023, accessed February 29, 2024,