Friday, August 17, 2007

We are preparing for the arrival of Monsieur Malick Sidibé, the Malian superstar photographer who just won a prize at the Venice Biennale- he is arriving tomorrow to take pictures of the hotel! (see June entry.
I wanted to fly him up here, or at least to give him a car and a driver, but he said, modestly, 'oh, no, don't make any trouble for me, we will take the Bani Bus'. This means that the grand old man will travel all day with chickens and goats and babies and finally be dropped off at the cross roads tomorrow afternoon with all his equipment. We will stand there waiting for him of course, with our Mitsibishi to take him the last 40 km to Djenné.


Blogger Blogger User said...

How exciting! I had the honor of meeting M. Sidibe when I lived in Bamako. My friend (who was a Fulbright scholar studying photography) knew him and he took a picture of our group of friends.

This is not the picture he took:

I also took a bunch of pictures of the inside of his amazing studio (the camera collection, that is):

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Blogger toubab said...

just tried to post a comment on robin's blog which doesn't seem to exist any more alas! But if you see this Robin, thanks for your message, and yes, indeed it was great to have Malick in Djenné- The studio in Bamako is one of the wonders of the World, really...

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