Malick Sidibe, Nuit de Noel
Nuit de Noël (Happy Club)

From Sean O’Hagan’s article for The Guardian: “‘When young people dance they’re spellbound by the music,’ Malick Sidibé once said. ‘In that atmosphere, people didn’t pay any attention to me any more.’ As if to attest to that, one of his most iconic images, Nuit de Noël (Happy Club), 1963, shows a smartly dressed young couple dancing head to head beneath the night sky. It is a study of intimacy and movement that seems so formal as to be staged and that brims with telling details, from the beer bottles on the concrete floor to the feet stepping in time.”