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Untitled

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • 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:

    E.304-2012

  • 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)

Date

1963 (photographed)
2010 (printed)

Artist/maker

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

Dimensions

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

Techniques

Commercial portraiture

Subjects depicted

Portraits; Cigarettes

Categories

Portraits; Photographs; Africa

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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