In the decades before and after Mali achieved independence from France in 1960, Sidibé operated a highly regarded commercial photography studio in the capital city of Bamako and made thousands of portraits for a burgeoning middle class. His work first came to the attention of the art world in 1995, when the Paris-based Fondation Cartier exhibited his lively images of Bamako youth taken at parties and Sunday picnics. This print of two women looking at a picture and a stylish young man directly addressing the camera—while all three are "nonchalantly" arranged in pyramidal composition—highlights the self-consciousness and skill with which Sidibé and his subjects represented themselves to the contemporary world.
Inscription: Inscribed in ink on edge of frame: "Baptême chez Jafuna // Baptême chez Ina Jafuna - 1967 - Malick MS 2002"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 36," November 3, 2003–March 7, 2004.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 64," March 11, 2014–June 17, 2014.