Au Bord du Fleuve Niger
Au bord du Fleuve Niger (1976) offers a unique insight into the lives of the 1970s in Bamako. The photograph provides a glimpse into the notoriously active and exciting life alongside the Niger River, where parties would often last until the early hours of the morning. The gaze of the teenage boys who pose for Sidibé bears witness to an intimate space between the lens of the camera, the artist, subjects and the viewer. This work is testament to Sidibé’s skill for capturing and sharing a moment. During the hot seasons, Sidibé would often go down to the Niger River to drink tea, dance and bathe –– it was here that he would take many spontaneous pictures of the others, although many young people posed and asked for pictures themselves. It is presumable thus that the boys in Au bord du Fleuve Niger (1976) approached Sidibé for the photo.