James Barnor: Ever Young

James Barnor: Ever Young
Library Shelf Location 18.BARN
Publication Date 2010
Description Autograph ABP and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute jointly present the first exhibition in the US of James Barnor's work. A seminal collection that features a range of archival photographs, including street and studio portraits with elaborate backdrops, fashion shoots in glorious colour, and social documentary images from the late 1940s to the 1970s depicting a burgeoning modernity as the Gold Coast becomes Ghana. Barnor's archive was produced during a career spanning more than sixty years. It does not cover a remarkable period in history but also bridges continents and photographic genres, creating 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 and a multicultural metropolis. In the early 1950s, Barnor's photographic studio Ever Young was visited by civil servants and dignitaries, performance artists and newly-weds. While taking assignments for African Drum magazine, Barnor documented the glamorous fashion style of 1960s swinging London and captured intimate moments of luminaries such as Kwame Nkrumah; boxing champion Roy Ankrah, dubbed the Black Flash; Mike Egan, broadcaster for the BBC Africa Service; and Mohammed Ali preparing to fight Brian London in the early 1966.
Quantity 1
Pages 16
Author Kobena Mercer
Format Newspaper
Publisher Autograph the Association of Black Photographers
Related Artist James Barnor
Category Photography
Language English

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