Malick Sidibé was born in 1936 in Mali. He is one of the most important representative of the contemporary African photography.
First, he studied drawing and jewelry at the Sudan school of crafts. In 1955, he joined Gérard Guillat-Guignard's studio, where he learned photography.
En 1962, Malick Sidibé opened his studio in Bamako.
During his life, Sidibé gained an international reputation and was considered, along with Seydou Keïta, to be Mali's most famous photographer.
His work was the subject of a number of publications and exhibited throughout Europe and the United States. In 2007, he received a Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement at Venice Biennale, becoming both the first photographer and the first African so recognized. Other awards he received included a Hasselblad Award for photography, an International Center of Photography Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement, and a World Press Photo award.