James Barnor is considered a pioneer of Ghanaian photography. His photographs represent societies in transition: Ghana moving towards its independence from colonial rule, and London becoming a cosmopolitan, multicultural metropolis during the ‘swinging’ sixties.
In the early 1950s Ever Young – Barnor’s popular photo studio in Jamestown, Accra - was frequented by a diverse clientele representing all aspects of society. During this period Barnor captured luminaries and key political figures, including Ghana’s first prime minister, Kwame Nkrumah. Barnor also worked as the first photojournalist for the Daily Graphic and was regularly commissioned by Drum magazine – South Africa’s influential anti-apartheid journal for lifestyle and politics.
In 1959 Barnor moved to London to further his photographic knowledge. During London’s ‘swinging sixties’, Barnor eloquently captured the mood of the time, and the African diaspora’s experiences in the city. He would continue to work for Drum magazine, photographing models against the backdrop of the city’s most iconic monuments.
Towards the end of the decade Barnor was recruited and trained as a representative for Agfa-Gevaert, before returning to Ghana in 1969 where he opened the first colour processing laboratory in Accra. For the next two decades, he worked independently as well as for several government agencies in Ghana.
A carefully curated selection of James Barnor’s works spanning his entire oeuvre are available as collectors’ limited edition prints in an edition of 10. They come signed, dated and numbered and are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. Prints are available as archival silver gelatin fibre prints or archival c-type prints. Depending on availability, print sizes are as follows:
12 x 16 inch (image size 11 inch)
20 x 24 inch (image size 19 inch)
30 x 30 inch
48 x 48 inch
Prices are available upon request. Please note that all prices are exclusive of VAT, framing and packaging and posting.