Abidjan is a city on the southern Atlantic coast of Côte d’Ivoire, in West Africa. Malick Kebe is a photographer and curator putting Abidjan on the creative map through bold, high-contrast images filled with energy.
Through iPhone photography, Kebe “builds a universe that mixes modernity and African origins.” He notes, “even if I had the means, I would still shoot on iPhone. It pushes me to go further than with a pro camera. I want to show people that it’s not enough to have a great device, but it is enough to have a creative eye.”
Emerging quickly onto the scene, the artist has, since last January, aroused the interest of many industry leaders including Apple, exhibited in Atlanta, Paris and Zanzibar, and won the first Mobile Photography award from PHmuseum photography.
Kebe has a strong understanding of shape, colour and concept, telling evocative stories with minimal subjects and small production. He uses Photoshop, Lightroom, VSCO and Snapseed the editing.