Photographs by Fototala King Massassy
Although marked by the realism of an artist who walks the streets for hours with a camera in hand, the photographs of Fototala King Massassy also hum with the humanity of their subjects, hinting at an approach that records the vibrant everyday life of Bamako with genuine empathy. Self-taught and highly adaptable, King (real name Lassine Coulibaly) works on the currency of trust. His work is a mix of the staged and the spontaneous, inviting the viewer to take a renewed look at the world.
His show, Iron Men, showcases both this philosophy and his parallel commitment to craft, his rigorous and stunning composition of images. Here are Bamako’s iron workers ennobled by light, framed as never before, magicians of metal.
‘With him, even the model fits into an everyday life scene, which is rare’ Olivier Sultan
Presented in partnership with Brighton Festival