Seydou Keïta changed his studio backdrop every few years, making it somewhat easier to date the 30,000 negatives he amassed as a portrait photographer in Mali in the late 1940s through to 1962. Working during the "dawn of decolonization," he was later appointed Mali's official state photographer. On loan from the collection of French fashion designer and gallerist Agnes b., eclectic and exuberant sartorial style is a salient feature of Keïta’s portraits of locals and visitors of all ages and walks of life taken in the capital city of Bamako. Fashion is also a subtext in the work of Malick Sidibé, who beginning in 1957 was Bamako¹s society photographer. Sidibé picked up where his predecessor left off, heading out into the city to put a youthful face on a time of great social and political change. Dancing in bell-bottoms admixed with traditional dress, his young people make an indelible impression. Co-sponsored by the Service Culturel, Consulat Général de France, Toronto and with thanks to André Magnin.