Tag Archives: Mali

Malick Sidibé : Dolce Vita Africana, documentary by Cosima Spender, 2008, 80min.

Dolce Vita Africana is a documentary about the internationally renowned Malian photographer Malick Sidibé, whose iconic images from the late 1950s through the 70s captured the carefree spirit of his generation asserting their freedom after independence and up until an Islamic coup ushered in years of military dictatorship. The filmmaker travels to Sidibé’s studio in Bamako, Mali, to witness the artist at work and meet many of the subjects of his earlier photographs, whose personal stories also tell the history of Mali.

Commissioned by BBC’s Storyville.

EL HADJ TIJANI ÀDÌGÚN SITOU, Photographer, Mali, (1932-1999)


Tijani Sitou, of Yoruban ethnicity and born in Nigeria, apprenticed with a Malian photographer in the eastern city of Gao. He eventually settled in Mopti, Mali, in 1971, opening Photo Kodak, where he ran a thriving business until the 1990s. The studio proved so successful that Sitou funded a 1978 journey to Mecca, earning him the title El Hadj. Continue reading EL HADJ TIJANI ÀDÌGÚN SITOU, Photographer, Mali, (1932-1999)