Souleymane Bachir Diaw, born in Dieuppeul-Derklé (Dakar, Senegal), is a visual artist working between Dakar and Paris. He is member of the art collective Atelier Ndokette.

He primarily experimented with photography as a visual practice on the edge of documentary and staging. Gradually, installations and texts became an integral part of his practice, as a way of experimenting and interacting with the different ecosystems of his environment. His visual experimentation often starts from encounters and discussions, enabling him to shape the memory and the emotions of the links he weaves.

His work thus closely blends his investigations into socio-cultural dynamics with the complexity, richness and tenderness of (his) interpersonal relationships.

His work has been exhibited at various solo and group shows: Strangers' House (Mumbai, 2024), Rencontres Photographiques du 10e (Paris, 2023), Photo Schweiz (Switzerland, 2020), Rotterdam Foto Festival (Rotterdam, 2019).

His photographs have also appeared in publications such as Oath Magazine (Vol. II, 2020) and AnOther Magazine.

In 2023, his work was selected as one of the 10 finalists in the 38th Hyères International Festival photography competition, where he was awarded the American Vintage Photography Prize.

Exhibitions and publications


  • 2024, "About Sutura and when Birago Diop talks of Things rather than Things" curated by Prabhakar Kamble, Strangers House, Mumbai, IN


  • 2023, International Hyères Festival of Fashion, Photography and Accessories  , Hyères, FR
  • 2023, Rencontres Photographiques du 10e, Curated by Emmanuelle Halkin - Collectif FETART, Paris, FR
  • 2022, Recipient of a photographic mentorship from the “Fonds Régnier pour la création” with VU’ agency, Paris, FR
  • 2022, Haute Photographie,  Rotterdam, NL
  • 2020, Corona Call, Sana Sanaa Studio, Berlin
  • 2020, Black Art Matter, Photo Schweiz Photo Festival, Zurich
  • 2020, Transition, Rotterdam Foto Festival, Rotterdam
  • 2019, Group exhibition with Aïcha Fall and Marc Posso at La Terrasse, Paris


Residencies and awards



  • 2023 - Selected artist Photography Grand Jury Prize for the 38th edition of the International Hyères Festival of Fashion, Photography and Accessories 
  • 2022 - PhotoVogue Fashion 100 , The Next Great Fashion Image Makers
  • 2021 - Prix Ellipse 2021 with Atelier Ndokette
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