Mali photographer who captured Bamako ’60s culture dies

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The son of Malian photographer Malick Sidibe, whose black-and-white images captured popular culture in 1960s Bamako, says Sidibe has died. He was 80 years old.

Karim Sidibe said Friday his father died late Thursday from complications of diabetes.

Sidibe worked in jewelry before entering the field of photography in 1955 under Bamako-based French photographer Gerard Guillat. Sidibe’s photographs depicted the night life, music, youth, fashion and culture of the 60s and 70s in Bamako after the country gained independence from France.

Sidibe was recognized by the Hasselblad Foundation in 2003, and received the Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale in 2007.

His son says Sidibe’s body is being transported to the southern Soloba village, where he was born. He leaves behind three wives and 17 children.

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