Malick Sidibé wins Spanish Prize
Fifty One Fine Art Photography is very honoured to announce that Mali’s Malick Sidibé, one of Africa’s most celebrated
photographers and no stranger to awards, has been honored with the top
prize at Spain's biggest international photography festival.
Noted for his black-and-white studies of popular culture in the 1960s, Sidibé received the Baume & Mercier 2009 Award at the PhotoEspana
In 1958, he opened his own studio in the Malian capital of
Bamako and specialized in documentary photography, particularly
focusing on the city’s youth culture. In the 1970s, he shifted to
studio portraits. He has already received the Venice Biennale's Golden Lion award (the first for a photographer), the New York International Center of Photography's Infinity Award, and the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography.
In presenting the award, the PhotoEspana jury cited his "exceptional
abilities as a portraitist." Fifty One Fine Art Photography is
representing the work of Malick Sidibé since more than 9 years.