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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Mali (photographed)
    Sydney (printed)

  • Date:

    1963 (photographed)
    2010 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Maiga, Hamidou, born 1932 (photographer)
    Blanco Negro (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    gelatin silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Jack Bell Gallery, London

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 512M, case PX4, shelf 7

Hamidou Maiga is a Malian studio portrait photographer. Born in Bobodioulasso, Burkina Faso, he began photographing in Timbuktu in the 1950s and in 1973 opened a studio in Bamako. In his earlier work, he arranged his sitters outdoors, in front of a simple cloth backdrop. Later, he used artificial lighting to photograph sitters in front of elaborate painted backgrounds inside his studio. As in th work of his better-known compatriots Seydou Keita and Malick Sidibe, Maiga's portraits show members of a society in transition, facing the camera with confidence and style, fashionably dressed and posed with props such as cigarettes, a radio, or a guitar.

Physical description

A black and white photographic portrait by Hamidou Maiga of two African men in robes and caps seated and posed against a plain fabric back-drop. Both men have cigarettes in their mouths.

Place of Origin

Mali (photographed)
Sydney (printed)


1963 (photographed)
2010 (printed)


Maiga, Hamidou, born 1932 (photographer)
Blanco Negro (printer)

Materials and Techniques

gelatin silver print

Marks and inscriptions

dated and signed
ink, lower recto

'JBG SEL.T. 20 x 16 in 1/10'
pencil, lower verso


height: 20 in paper, width: 16 in paper

Descriptive line

Black and white photograph (gelatin silver print), 'Untitled', by Hamidou Maiga, Mali, 1963, edition number 1/10


Commercial portraiture

Subjects depicted

Portraits; Cigarettes


Portraits; Photographs; Africa

Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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