Les Franquis

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Malick Sidibé would photograph as many as five parties each weekend.


For each party, Sidibé would make these small prints which he displayed in his shop window the next day, encouraging partygoers to order enlargements. The images reveal the fashionable mix of Western and African styles worn to the social clubs in the newly independent nation of Mali. With independence came new social freedoms for young people, who danced the nights away to the twist, rock and roll, and Afro-Cuban music.
Les Franquis

Les Franquis


Malick Sidibé

(Malian, 1936–2016)

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