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Harandane Dicko

Harandane Dicko is a Malian photographer born in 1978 in the region of Timbuktu, Mali. He lives and works in Bamako. Initially Harandane attends his photographe uncle. Every Thursday and Sunday, they cover weddings and other events. Harandane do not like photography at this time. In 2001, he participated in a photo workshop at theTraining Center of Photography in Bamako (CFP) funded by the Swiss NGO Helvetas. From there, he returned to the medium and continues a long training at the CFP. He worked on his first issue photo, mosquito nets, which led him to the Bamako Encounters. Harandane is always inspired by his own reality and like to use everyday objects for artistic purposes. When in 2005, Simon Njami announces that it has officially selected for the biennale, the photographer is proud: "The Bamako Biennale is an excellent showcase for any photographer in Africa." Since three years, Harandane is working with the gallery Carpe Diem in Segou. Chab Touré is the director of the gallery, but also an art critic, writer and professor of aesthetics at the CFP. Today he represents Harandane Dicko through international fairs, such as 1:54 fair in London.  Harandane says: "Living in this business in Africa is very difficult, especially for a photographer like me who lives and works in Mali. But I think I'm very lucky because I am also a consultant photographer for United Nations agencies (UNICEF, UNDP, WHO). This allows me to travel enough in Africa to produce reports. This is what makes me live, although I first consider myself an artist photographer rather than a photojournalist." Great lover of deep and hypnotic work of Sebastião Salgado, he also mentions the portraits of Seydou Keïta he calls modern and he worships the remarkable compositions. An advice for young photographs? "Work, passion and perseverance. This can be paid one day. Photography is an exciting profession that requires a lot of courage and imagination. ". Harandane working on the conflict in which the world faces today. "My country, Mali, has a serious political crisis and fighting Islamist armed groups since 2012. This is an issue that concerns me as an artist, I want to give my views on this issue.»

 

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