Emmanuel Daou

Emmanuel Daou


Emmanuel Daou, an acclaimed photographer and artist, has dedicated his life to capturing the essence of Mali’s rich cultural heritage and contemporary realities. Born in Bamako, Mali, Emmanuel’s journey into the world of art began with his training in plastic arts at the prestigious INA “Institut National des Arts de Bamako.” Here, he honed his artistic skills and deeply appreciated visual storytelling.

Emmanuel’s transition into photography marked a pivotal moment in his career. Blending documentary, journalism, and art photography elements, his work transcends boundaries, offering nuanced insights into Mali’s complex social and cultural landscape. With a keen focus on the language of signs, symbols, and local masks, Emmanuel’s photographs serve as windows into the soul of Mali, capturing the vibrancy, diversity, and resilience of its people.

Emmanuel has collaborated with local and foreign press outlets and corporate and institutional clients throughout his career, amplifying voices and shedding light on important issues. His photographs have graced the pages of publications worldwide, sparking conversations and inspiring change.

In 1994, Emmanuel co-founded the “Djaw-mali” association, a collective of photographers dedicated to celebrating Mali’s images. This initiative provided a platform for artistic expression and fostered cultural exchange and dialogue within the photography community.

In 2009, Emmanuel established the Digital-Club, a passionate group of photographers united by their love for the craft. Through this platform, he nurtures talent, fosters collaboration, and pushes the boundaries of photography in Mali and beyond.

In 2011, Emmanuel’s commitment to advancing photography as an art form led him to co-found EPP (École de Photographie de Bamako). As a member of EPP, he plays a pivotal role in shaping the next generation of visual storytellers, imparting knowledge, and inspiring creativity.

Emmanuel Daou’s contributions to photography extend far beyond capturing images; they encapsulate a deep-seated passion for artistic expression, community building, and social engagement. Through his lens, he continues to capture the soul of Mali, leaving behind a legacy that will inspire generations to come.