Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Accounting for taste

I can't decide which I like more, Malick Sidibé's beautiful portraits

Kante Sira, 1965 by Malick Sidibé

La Gazelle, 1974 by Malick Sidibé

The Newly Circumcised, 1983 by Malick Sidibé

or his metaphorical description:

"Do good work and people love you. It's true, people love you. Because the customers don't really see the camera, they see you, the artist — you become the product they're buying. It's like sugar cubes in coffee: you stir the sugar into the coffee and it dissolves and enhances the taste."

— Malick Sidibe, interviewed by Michelle Lamunière in You Look Beautiful Like That, Harvard University Press, 2001

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