James Barnor's Ghana

Photographer James Barnor is to decolonizing Ghana (and later to 1960s black Britain) what Oumar Ly is to Senegal or Malick Sidibe and Seydou Keita were to Mali. Barnor took photographs of social life at his studio (named “Ever Young”) in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, from the mid-1950s and later as a fashion photographer in Britain after he had immigrated there to work as a photographer. Unlike Ly, Keita or Sidibe, Barnor–interviewed here–has been out of the limelight.. But that’s probably about to change once an exhibition of his work currently at London’s Rivington Place (presented by international photographic arts charity Autograph ABP) gets replicated. The pictures, posted here, were taken at his studio in Accra. The one above, of a policewomen, was taken in 1954.

View more of Barbor’s work, including photographs taken in London, here.

Sean Jacobs

Sean Jacobs is the Founder and Editor of Africa is a Country. He is on faculty of The New School in New York.

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