Seydou Keïta (photographer)

Seydou Keita (* 1923 in Bamako, Mali, then French Sudan; † 21 November 2001 in Paris, France ) was a Photography Artist from Mali; he is regarded as one of the most important photographers of Africa.

He is best known for its portraits of people and families that he recorded between 1940 and the early sixties, known. Keïta was an autodidact. His images are recognized as records of Malian society and also as works of art.


  • 2006-2007 100 % Africa, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao.
  • 2006 Vive l' Afrique, Galerie du Jour, Tokyo.
  • 2005-2006 African Art Now: Masterpieces from Jean Pigozzi Collection, National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
  • 2005 Arts of Africa, The Contemporary collection of Jean Pigozzi, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.
  • 2005 Vive l' Afrique, Galerie du jour, Paris.
  • 2005 A hundred year of children, The Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo, Niigata Banbajimia the Art Museum, Niigata.
  • 2003 Go Johnny Go! The electric guitar / art and myth, Kunsthalle, Vienna.
  • 2003 Samuel Fosso, Malick Sidibé, Seydou Keita, Vestafrikansk portrettfotografi, Noersk Museum of photographic, Horten.
  • 2002 I ka nyi tan, Seydou Keita, Malick Sidibé e fotografi a Bamako, Museo Hendrik, Rome.
  • 2002 Flash Afrique! , Kunsthalle, Vienna.
  • Voilà 2000, Le Monde danse la tete, Muséet D' Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris.
  • 1999 PhotoEspaña 99: Seydou Keita y Malik Sidibe: Retrospectiva, Real Jardin Botanico, Madrid.
  • Seydou Keita 1999, Saint Louis Museum of Art, St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Seydou Keita 1997, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco.
  • 1996 In / sight: African Photographers, 1940 to the present, Guggenheim Museum, New York.
  • Seydou Keita 1996, Photographer: portrait from Bamako, Mali, National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC.
  • 1995 Big City: Artist from Africa, Serpentine Gallery, London.
  • Seydou Keita 1994: 1949 à 1962, Fondation Cartier, Paris.
  • 1994 Rencontres de Bamako Photographiques ( 1), Bamako, Mali.
  • 1991 Africa Explores: 20th Century African Art, The center of African Art, New York ( 1991).