Future of Ghana Patron Mr James Barnor was among 33 Ghanaians and foreigners who were recognised their outstanding contribution to the development of Ghana at the National Honours and Awards Ceremony conferred and attended by His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama.
The ceremony which took place at the Accra International Conference centre
President Mahama said all the recipients of the awards and honors deserved to be celebrated “for making Ghana one of the shining lights in the midst of regional uncertainty; for making Ghana rise in the midst of a global economic plunge; for giving our people hope in the midst of a general world outlook of despondency and insecurity fueled by illiteracy, poverty, disease, unemployment, wars, cyber threats, terrorism and human rights abuses.”
James Barnor enjoyed a career that spanned six decades, In his street and studio photography he represents societies in transition: Ghana moving toward Independence, and London becoming a multicultural metropolis. Moreover the legendary James Barnor is credited with introducing colour processing to Ghana!
His photographs have been collated by the London-based charity Autograph ABP during a four-year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and in 2011 became part of the new Archive and the Research Centre for Culturally Diverse Photography.
In 2011, Mr Barnor was honoured with a GUBA (Ghana UK-Based Achievement) special “Lifetime Achievement” award. On receiving it, he revealed that it was the first award he had ever been given at the time.
Well he now has another award to add to his belt and it is very much deserved.