Seydou Keita in Paris

Seydou Keita in Paris

We decided to go to Paris to see the Seydou Keita exhibition at the Grand Palais. We had discovered these stunning images quite some years ago and had always wanted to see them hung in an amazing space, as previously we had only seen them in art books in gallery bookshops.

Keitas Uncle had given him a Kodak Brownie in 1948 and from there he developed a keen interest in photography and set up his first studio in the family house in Bamako-Koura. He styled most of his subjects with clothes, jewellery and furniture and I think these images give you a fantastic insight into this time in Malinese society and Africa at a time of huge change and transition.