Untitled

Photograph
1963 (photographed), 2010 (printed)
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Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


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Materials and Techniques
gelatin silver print
Brief Description
Black and white photograph (gelatin silver print), 'Untitled', by Hamidou Maiga, Mali, 1963, edition number 1/10
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.
Dimensions
  • Paper height: 20in
  • Paper width: 16in
Production typeLimited edition
Copy Number
1/10
Marks and Inscriptions
  • dated and signed (ink, lower recto)
  • 'JBG SEL.T. 20 x 16 in 1/10' (pencil, lower verso)
Credit line
Gift of Jack Bell Gallery, London
Subjects depicted
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
E.304-2012

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record createdApril 11, 2012
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