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James Barnor Recognised at the Ghana National Honours and Awards Ceremony

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.


Ever Young…….. by James Barnor The Exhibtion comes to Paris 8.10.15

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In partnership with Autograph ABP, Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière presents an exhibition of a large selection of prints by Future of Ghana Patron, James Barnor, both vintage and contemporary. An accompanying book will be published for this occasion, focusing primarily on Barnor’s street and studio portraiture from the 1950s to the early 1970s.

Born in 1929 in Accra, James Barnor is considered a pioneer of Ghanaian photography. Barnor’s career covers a remarkable period in history, bridging continents and photographic genres to create a transatlantic narrative marked by his passionate interest in people and cultures.


Through the medium of portraiture, Barnor’s photographs represent societies in transition: Ghana moving towards its independence and London becoming a cosmopolitan, multicultural metropolis.

Along with his contemporaries in other parts of Africa – Seydou Keïta in Mali, Van Leo in Egypt or Rashid Mahdi in Sudan – Barnor started his career by opening a photographic portrait studio frequented by a diverse clientele representing all aspects of society. In the early 1950s Ever Young studio in Jamestown, Accra was visited by civil servants and dignitaries, yoga students, pastors and teachers, performance artists and newlyweds:

Barnor was well-versed in making his clients feel at ease, through vibrant conversation and a background of popular music, creating a unique bond between photographer and sitter. During this period Barnor captured intimate moments of luminaries and key political figures, including Ghana’s first prime minister, Kwame Nkrumah as he pushed for pan-African unity, photographing the future leader on several special occasions.

Not only was James Barnor engaged as the first photojournalist to work with the Daily Graphic – a newspaper brought to Ghana by the British media group, the Daily Mirror – he was also regularly commissioned by Drum magazine – South Africa’s influential anti-apartheid journal for lifestyle and politics – for whom he photographed several news features, including a staged nuclear family breakfast featuring Gold Coast’s champion boxer Roy Ankrah, aka The Black Flash.


Today Barnor is retired and lives in Brentford, London. In 2009, James Barnor began working with Autograph ABP, who presented a preview of his first major solo exhibition at the former W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, USA, before showcasing the full retrospective curated by Renée Mussai at Autograph ABP’s centre Rivington Place, London, before touring to the South African National Gallery, and other venues. For this current exhibition James has been working closely with Future of Ghana Regional Manager for France, Shasha Osei in regards to PR. Subsequently she was able to secure a special preview of the exhibition on Monday 5 October 2015 in front of distinguished guests including the Ghana Ambassador to France H.E Johanna Odonkor Svaniker  and the President of Ghana H.E John Dramani Mahama

The exhibition  launches and is open to public from 8 October 2015 at 6pm local time

Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière
51 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île, 75004
Paris, France

T: +33 6 50 06 98 68
E: mail@galerieclementinedelaferonniere.fr

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