In 1958, he opened his own studio (Studio Malick) in Bamako and specialized in documentary photography, focussing particularly on the youth culture of the Malian capital. In the 1970s, he turned towards the making of studio portraits.
Sidibé was able to increase his reputation through the first meetings on African photography in Mali in 1994. His work is now exhibited in Europe (for example, the Fondation Cartier in Paris), the United States and Japan.
In 2003, Malick Sidibé received the Hasselblad Award for photography.
Malick Sidibe is represented by FIFTY ONE FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY , Antwerp