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Malian Photographer Starts Mobile Photo Studio that Goes All around the World

Fatoumata Diabeté is a Malian photographer, based between Montpelier and Mali, who focuses on portraits and social themes. Her idea for the mobile studio was inspired by the images and work of west African photographers such as Malick Sidibé, Seydou Keïta and Youssouf Sogodogo. I wanted to pay homage to those artists, as well as breathe life into the concept of mobile studios and portrait photography, which were so popular in Africa in the 50s and 60s. Studio Photo de la Rue, as it’s called, has been all over the world – Colombia, Brazil, Mali, China, Ethiopia, Senegal and France among other countries – and I’ve photographed more than 2,000 people.