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C. Pigozzi, April 30, 2018
Seydou Keita, 1954_Bamako, Mali_C.A.A.A.C_Pigozzi Collection_Geneva
Seydou Keita, 1954_Bamako, Mali_C.A.A.A.C_Pigozzi Collection_Geneva
 
Whether photographing single individuals, families, or professional associations, Keïta balanced a strict sense of formality with a remarkable level of intimacy with his subjects. Like many professional photographers, he furnished his studio with numerous props, from backdrops and costumes, to Vespas and luxury cars. He would renew these props every few years, which later allowed him to establish a chronology for his work. Keïta commented on his studio practice, “It’s easy to take a photo, but what really made a difference was that I always knew how to find the right position, and I was never wrong. Their head slightly turned, a serious face, the position of the hands . . . I was capable of making someone look really good.”

Seydou Keita, 1958_Bamako, Mali_C.A.A.A.C_Pigozzi Collection_Geneva
Seydou Keita, 1958_Bamako, Mali_C.A.A.A.C_Pigozzi Collection_Geneva
 
Seydou Keita, 1956_Bamako, Mali_C.A.A.A.C_Pigozzi Collection_Geneva
Seydou Keita, 1956_Bamako, Mali_C.A.A.A.C_Pigozzi Collection_Geneva
 
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