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MSU Project Preserves Photography Heritage in Mali

Since 2011, Candace Keller, associate professor of African Art and Visual Culture in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, has led an international team of photographers, archival proprietors, conservators, and students who have cleaned, restored, digitized, cataloged, and rehoused more than 100,000 black-and-white negatives, dating from the 1950s-80s, from the archives of five prominent Malian photographers – Mamadou Cissé, Adama Kouyaté, Abdourahmane Sakaly, Malick Sidibé, and Tijani Sitou.

Funded by a three-year, $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation and Access Division and a two-year, $56,000 grant from the British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme, the Archive of Malian Photography (amp.matrix.msu.edu) project includes a publicly accessible, free database where low-resolution versions of the photos are available, making them accessible for research and scholarship.

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