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In 1991, a striking image of a young African couple by an anonymous photographer from Bamako, the capital of the West African nation of Mali, appeared in the exhibition catalogue Africa Explores: 20th-Century Modern African Art. Soon the photographer’s identity became known—he was Seydou Keïta (1921–2001), who operated a photography studio in Bama ko-Koura in the 1960s. His oeuvre spans several decades, and for the past 20 years, his black-and-white portraits of Bamako society and the people who frequented the town have appeared in exhibitions, books, online, and have become the subject of dissertations. One of his works, an evocative portrait of two women, is currently on display in the MFA’s exhibition “Global Patterns: Dress and Textiles in Africa.” Join Christraud Geary, Teel Senior Curator of African and Oceanic Art, for a presentation that explores the celebrated photographer’s signature style and why he became world famous.  

This is a private event for Friends of African and Oceanic Art.