Martin Barlow, curator of the exhibition Moving Into Space at the National Football Museum talks about the exhibition.
As a young man Sakaly learnt photography at an established studio in Saint Louis, Senegal. Moving to Mali’s capital, Bamako, in 1956, he set up his own studio and began to specialize in photographing the social circles of military officers and the growing middle class. After Mali’s independence and with the subsequent growth of the bureaucratic class, his studio became very successful. Just before he died in 1988, Sakaly was named the first President of Groupement National des Photographes du Mali.
Street life, dazzling dress, social commentary and a riot of sensuous colour interweave in a rich assembly of West African art, writes Charles Gore in the Times Higher Education
Nine countries show off their talent as five city venues link up for a summer celebration. Helen Nugent in the Guardian