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James Barnor

The Roadmaker

Clementine de la Feronniere, Paris — 2021
SFr. 24.00 SFr. 40.00
Pages: 64
Edition: First edition
Dimensions: 27,5 x 30 cm
Language: English, French
ISBN: 979-10-96575-21-3

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Born in 1929 in Ghana, James Barnor lived the independence of his country and the formation of the diaspora in London in the 1960s. In the early 1950s, he opened his famous studio Ever Young in Accra, where he immortalized a nation at the time of its independence. He was one of the first photojournalists to collaborate with the Daily Graphic, a newspaper published in Ghana by the London Daily Mirror Group. In 1959, two years after Ghana’s independence, James Barnor left for London to deepen his technical knowledge of the medium. He discovered colour photography at the Medway College of Art and his photos were published on the front page of Drum, a major magazine founded in South Africa in 1951 and a symbol of the anti-apartheid movement. He captures eloquently the spirit of Swinging London and the experiences of the African diaspora in the capital. In the late 1960s, he was recruited by Agfa-Gevaert and returned to Ghana to set up the country’s first colour laboratory. He remained there for the next 20 years, working in his new X23 studio as a freelance photographer and for state agencies in Accra. Today, James Barnor lives in the UK and devotes most of his time to his work, in a spirit of transmission. A large solo exhibition of Barnor’s works will open at the Serpentine Gallery in London in the spring of 2021.

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