James Barnor: Celebrated Ghanaian photographer who has captured iconic images since the 1950s

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James Barnor is a revered Ghanaian photographer whose career spans over six decades. His street and studio photography captures societies in transition during the 1950s and 1960s—Ghana on the brink of independence and London evolving into a multicultural metropolis.

Barnor was Ghana's first full-time newspaper photographer and introduced color processing in the 1970s. Inspired by his family's involvement in photography, he established the Ever Young Studio in 1953.

Moving to England in 1959, Barnor studied at Medway College of Art and worked as a fashion photographer. After a decade, he returned to Ghana, setting up the country's first color processing facilities.

In 1994, he returned to London, where his work gained renewed recognition through various exhibitions. Rediscovered in 2007, Barnor's work has been celebrated in numerous exhibitions worldwide, and a monograph of his work, "James Barnor: Ever Young," was published in 2015.

Barnor founded the James Barnor Foundation to promote education, preserve African cultures, and highlight African talents. His contributions have been recognized with numerous awards, including the Order of the Volta and an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society.

His legacy continues to inspire and educate future generations about the power of photography in documenting cultural and societal transformations.

Explore the life of James Barnor below.



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