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Seydou Keïta

Untitled portrait, 1950s

Gelatin silver print
23 1/2 × 19 1/2 in
59.7 × 49.5 cm
Edition of 10
$7,500 - 10,000
68 × 48 in
172.7 × 121.9 cm
Edition of 5
$15,000 - 20,000
location
New York City
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Seydou Keïta
Malian, 1921–2001
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In 1948, Seydou Keïta opened a portrait studio in which he would capture a Bamako society teetering on the brink of post-colonialism. Whether of individuals or families, a sense of formality pervades each black-and-white photograph, which Keïta would take in a single shot, directing his subjects to hold distinct poses or overtly display props. Despite their staging, each photograph’s careful framework captures personality and specifics of circumstance, at once yielding intimate portraits intended for personal use and examples of Keïta’s mastery of light and composition. Following Mali’s gain of independence in 1960, Keïta was ordered to close his studio and so buried his collection of negatives; their uncovering and dissemination was only arranged several decades later when a French photojournalist met the artist in Mali and connected him with a private collector.

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About the work
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Price ranges of large photographs by Seydou Keïta
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$15,000–$20,000
This work
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Seydou Keïta
Malian, 1921–2001
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In 1948, Seydou Keïta opened a portrait studio in which he would capture a Bamako society teetering on the brink of post-colonialism. Whether of individuals or families, a sense of formality pervades each black-and-white photograph, which Keïta would take in a single shot, directing his subjects to hold distinct poses or overtly display props. Despite their staging, each photograph’s careful framework captures personality and specifics of circumstance, at once yielding intimate portraits intended for personal use and examples of Keïta’s mastery of light and composition. Following Mali’s gain of independence in 1960, Keïta was ordered to close his studio and so buried his collection of negatives; their uncovering and dissemination was only arranged several decades later when a French photojournalist met the artist in Mali and connected him with a private collector.

Seydou Keïta

Untitled portrait, 1950s

Gelatin silver print
23 1/2 × 19 1/2 in
59.7 × 49.5 cm
Edition of 10
$7,500 - 10,000
68 × 48 in
172.7 × 121.9 cm
Edition of 5
$15,000 - 20,000
location
New York City
Certificate
Certificate of authenticity
This work includes a certificate of authenticity.
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