b. Nianiagara, Burkina Faso, 1943

Solo Exhibitions


Sanlé Sory, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA


Sanlé Sory: Volta Photo, M+B Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Sanlé Sory: Volta Photo, Weinstein Hammons Gallery, Minneapolis, MN


Volta Photo: Starring Sanlé Sory and the People of Bobo-Dioulasso in the Small but Musically Mighty Country of Burkina Faso, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Volta Photo, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY


Sory Sanlé: Volta Photo 1965-85, Morton Hill Gallery, London, UK

“L’âge d’or de la photographie voltaïque. Nouveau regard sur les indépendances.” Institut francais du Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso

Sory Sanlé, Institut francais de Casablanca, Morocco 2016


Sory Sanlé, Galerie 127, Marrakesh, Morocco

Group Exhibitions


Africa Fashion, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK


Through an African Lens: Sub-Saharan Photography, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX


Through an African Lens: Sub-Saharan Photography from the Museum’s Collection, Musuem of Fine Arts, Houston, TX


Victoria & Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom

Shape of Light: Defining Photographs from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

Studio Africain, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France

African Spirits, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY

Kubatana, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Vestfossen, Norway


Collective Recollection, RISD Museum, Providence, RI


Autophoto, Fondation Cartier, Paris, France

Africa Pop Carte Blanche, Rencontres d’Arles Festival, Arles, France [screening]


Femmes d’Afrique – Regards Croisés, Musée Africain, Lyon, France


2015 Folk art africain ?, FRAC Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France

A la rencontre de la photographie africaine, Médiathèque de Mérignac, France


La Condition des Soies, Lyon, France


National Museum for African Art, Washington, DC

Städtischen Museum, Munich, Germany

Permanent Collections

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI

Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA

Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom



Davies, Lucy. “Africa Fashion, review: an exhibition that thrillingly opens your eyes to something new” The Telegraph 28 June 2022

Cochrane, Lauren. “V&A to display its first African fashion exhibition” The Guardian 28 June 2022

Murphy, Anna. “Africa Fashion review — power dressing, killer patterns and men in pink” The Times 28 June 2022

Woode, David. “Africa Fashion, V&A: ‘Africa is still portrayed as a place of lack – but it’s full of unbounded creativity’” iNews 28 June 2022


Adams, Tim. “The big picture: a taste of freedom in 1970s west Africa.” The Guardian 2 May 2021


Chambers, Veronica. “Reflections on 1960, the Year of Africa.” The New York Times 8 February 2020


Regan, Sheila. “Critics’ Picks: Sanlé Sory.” Artforum 6 November 2019

Weiss, Marta. Autofocus: The Car in Photography Thames & Hudson, 2019 [book]

Hutton, Belle. “Nine Photographers Changing the Way We See Africa and Its Diaspora.” AnOther 3 October 2019

Palumbo, Jacqui. “The Photographs That Defined 1969.” Artsy 30 July 2019

Weber, Jasmine. “The Tantalizing Photographic Figure at 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair.” Hyperallergic 3 May 2019

“Sanlé Sory – Peuple de la Nuit.” The Eye of Photography 2 April 2019

“Parties and passion in Burkina Faso by Ibrahima Sanlé Sory – in pictures.” The Guardian 21 March 2019

Palumbo, Jacqui. “These Photographers Captured the Fearless Youth of the 1970s.” Artsy 21 March 2019


Moroz, Sarah. “Sory Sanlé Captured the Eclectic Youth Culture of Newly Free Burkina Faso.” i-D 2 October 2018

Niarchos, Nicolas. “When Burkina Faso Vibrated with a New Culture.” The New Yorker 16 September 2018

Woodward, Richard B. “Sanlé Sory, Volta Photo @YossiMilo.” Collector Daily 5 June 2018

Schwendener, Martha. “What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week.” The New York Times 31 May 2018

“Reimagining Sanlé Sory’s Portrait Studio.” Photo District News 7 May 2018

Macdonald, Fleur. “ Sanlé Sory’s joyful photographs of Burkina Faso in the 1970s.” The Economist 4 May 2018

Anania, Billy. “Exhibition Review: Sanlé Sory: Volta Photo.” Musée 4 May 2018

Dykstra, Jean. “Portfolio: Sanlé Sory.” Photograph May 2018

Adesina, Precious. “Snapshot: ‘Volta Photo’ by Sory Sanlé.” Financial Times 27 April 2018

Abani, Chris. “The Postcolonial Moment.” New Republic May 2018

Bonanos, Christopher. “The Story of Sory.” New York Magazine 16-29 April 2018

Sory, Sanlé. Studio Volta Photo, Yossi Milo Gallery and Tezeta, 2018 [book]

Sory, Sanlé. Volta Photo: Starring Sanlé Sory and the Good People of Bobo-Dioulasso in the Small but Musically Mighty African Country of Burkina Faso, Steidl: Göttingen, 2018 [book]

Jansen, Charlotte. “T-Shirts by Sanlé Sory.” Elephant 18 March 2018

Knoblauch, Loring. “Photography Highlights from the 2018 Armory Show.” Collector Daily 9 March 2018

“Agenda: Exhibitions to See.” Aperture Spring 2018

Clewley, John. “Rediscovering an African Legend.” <cite<Bangkok Post 16 January 2018


Kleih, Helene. “Sory Sanlé.” Coeval, 9 December 2017

Siddons, Edward. “"Sory Sanlé's best photograph: the studio where dreams came true."” The Guardian, 18 October 2017

Harding, Michael-Oliver. “'The unsung hero who captured West Africa’s rebels & Dreamers.'” Dazed, 26 September 2017

Stone, Bryony. “'Sory Sanlé: the photographer that time forgot.'” It’s Nice That, 29 August 2017

Feder, Vanessa. “Sory Sanlé’s Stunning Black and White Portraits Put Burkina Faso on the Map.” Unrated, 29 August 2017

Woodward, Daisy. “Photos Capturing the Youth Culture of 70s Burkina Faso.” Another Man, August 2017

Sanlé, Sory. Sory Sanlé: Volta Photo 1965-85, Reel Art Press/Morton Hill: London, 2017 [book]

“Reel Art Press publishes new book of photographic work by Sory Sanlé.” Art Daily, 19 August 2017

“'Photographing cars: ‘Autophoto’ exhibition at Cartier Foundation.'” Urban MishMash, 10 August 2017

“Una mostra di fotografi e motori.” Il Post, 20 July 2017

Etchebers-Sola, Lucie. “'‘Autophoto’ : l’amour sur la banquette arrière.'” Creators VICE, 17 May 2017

Forster, Siegfried. “’Autophoto’, une liaison artistique exposée à la Fondation Cartier.” RF, 20 April 2017

Pontecorvo, Adriane. “'Bobo Yéyé: Belle Epoque in Upper Volta.'” Popmatters, 13 January 2017

Nait Youssef, Mohamed. “Sory Sanlé, regard réfléchi sur tradition et modernité en Afrique.” Al Bayane, 4 January 2017

Shakur, Fayemi. “A Witness to Youth Culture in Burkina Faso.” The New York Times, 9 January 2017


Beta, Andy. “'Bobo Yéyé: Belle Epoque in Upper Volta.'” Pitchfork, 10 December 2016

Sanlé, Sory. “'Bobo Yéyé: Belle Epoque in Upper Volta.'” Numero Group, 2016 [book]

“'The Musical Titans of 1970s Burkina Faso Are Compiled in ‘Bobo Yéyé: Belle Epoque in Upper Volta’.'” Okay Africa, 8 March 2016

“Sory Sanlé and the Studio Volta Photo.” The Eye of Photography, 29 December 2016


Kodjo-Grandvaux, Séverine. “Burkina-Photographie ; Sory Sanlé, l’œil des années yéyé à Bobo.” Jeune Afrique, 3 November 2015