Malick Sidibé blongs to the great generation of Malian portraitists like Seydou Keita. Born in 1935 in a peasant Peul family near Soloba (300 km from Bamako) he follows jewellery studies at the Soudanese craft men school where but an important meeting will transfom his life. Gérard Guillat leads the "Studio Service" and he engages Malick Sidibé for highlighting the studio. Guillat shoots the parties organized by the French colonial authorities and during that time Malick shoots the parties made by the Bamako inhabitants. Two years after the independance (1962) Malick Sidibé opens his own studio the "Studio Malick" where he will become the witness of his country opening to western music and fashion.
Malick Sidibé shoots the dancing youth during parties who wear sophisticated clothes inspired by famous singers or well known American actors. Early in the morning he develops the pictures he has made and showcase them in from of his studio. Towards his pictures Malick Sidibé makes the Malian middle class portrait. All the time he plays with the texture patterns of the picture and the clothes wearing by the models. This lover of the female curves is also a specialist of back portraits with swaying walk and many sensuality.
His studio becomes to fall down in the 1980's with the development of colored pictures and the selling of cameras in a high level but Malick Sidibé finds a new activity by mending cameras. Since 1994 to his death in 2016 Malick Sidibé will be acknowledge by the art world. In 1994 the French photographer Françoise Huguier showcases his art work at the First Bamako meetings. With the 1995 exhibition at the French Cartier Foundation organized by the African art specialist André Magnin he becomes famous at the international level. This success encourages Malick Sidibé for opening again his studio and he will receives many famous prizes like the Hasselblad (2003) and the Golden Lion at the 52nd Venice biennial of contemporary art (2007).