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James Barnor


Serpentine Gallery / London / Art

The Ghanaian photographer James Barnor—born in Accra, Ghana, in 1929—is widely credited as his country’s first full-time photographer. Barnor’s career began in the early 1950s, when he established his renowned Ever Young studio and started documenting a nation on the cusp of independence. In 1959, his studies took him to London, where he worked on assignment for the South African magazine Drum, and helped bring images of Black women into British magazines. In the 1970s, Barnor returned to his home country and developed its first color-processing lab. This major survey presents six decades of studio portraiture, photojournalism, social commentary, and editorial commissions. —E.C.

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