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Seydou Keïta

Untitled 'Turned Head', 1952-1955

Gelatin silver print, printed 20/3/2000
24 × 20 in
61 × 50.8 cm
$20,000 - 30,000, on hold
location
London
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Signed and dated in ink recto
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© Seydou Keïta
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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© Seydou Keïta
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 'Turned Head', 1952-1955

Gelatin silver print, printed 20/3/2000
24 × 20 in
61 × 50.8 cm
$20,000 - 30,000, on hold
location
London
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