James Barnor: Accra/London - A Retrospective

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James Barnor: Accra/London - A Retrospective

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James Barnor: Accra/London - A Retrospective
to Fri 22 Oct 2021
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The Serpentine presents a major survey of British-Ghanaian photographer James Barnor, whose career spans six decades, two continents and numerous photographic genres through his work with studio portraiture, photojournalism, editorial commissions and wider social commentary.

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Mike Eghan at Piccadilly Circus, London, 1967

Courtesy Autograph

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Drum Cover Girl, Erlin Ibreck, at Trafalgar Square, London, 1966

Courtesy Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière @clementinedelaferonniere

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Sick Hagemeyer shop assistant, Accra, c. 1957

Courtesy Autograph

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The first major survey of British-Ghanaian photographer James Barnor, whose career as a studio portraitist, photojournalist and Black lifestyle photographer spans six decades and records major social and political changes in London and Accra.

Born in 1929 in Ghana, James Barnor established his famous Ever Young studio in Accra in the early 1950s, capturing a nation on the cusp of independence in an ambiance animated by conversation and highlife music. In 1959 he arrived in London, furthering his studies and continuing assignments for influential South African magazine Drum which reflected the spirit of the era and the experiences of London’s burgeoning African diaspora. He returned to Ghana in the early 1970s to establish the country’s first colour processing lab while continuing his work as a portrait photographer and embedding himself in the music scene.

James Barnor, Mike Eghan at Piccadilly Circus, London, 1967, Courtesy Autograph

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