James Barnor: Accra/London – A Retrospective

by Lizzie Carey-Thomas


May 19 – October 24, 2021

James Barnor’s career as a studio portraitist, photojournalist, and Black lifestyle photographer spans six decades, recording major social and political changes in Accra and London. His pioneering, resolutely modern work has influenced generations of photographers in Africa and around the world. James Barnor: Accra/London: A Retrospective, focuses on the period 1950-1980, selected from more than 32,000 available images.

Central to Barnor’s work is the intimate documentation of African and Afro-diasporic lives across time and space. Whether making family snapshots, commissioned portraits or commercial assignments, Barnor approaches the photographic process as a collaborative venture, a conversation with the sitter, and his images are a testament to a lifetime of encounters.

Obtain this resource »

The Library