James Barnor is a legendary Ghanaian photographer whose work spans over six decades and two continents. In a street and studio portraits, Barnor captured Accra and London in a transition era – Ghana on its path to independence, and London as it grew into a cosmopolitan, multicultural metropolis. 90-year-old Barnor began his career by opening a portrait studio, Ever Young, in Jamestown, Accra. He photographed key figures and moments in Ghana’s history. James was also the first photojournalist to work with the Daily Graphic, a newspaper established by the British media group the Daily Mirror. Retired now, James Barnor lives in Brentford, London.
In 2015, the first monograph of his work, James Barnor: Ever Young, was published. It featured more than eighty prints of his street and studio portraiture, and the release of an all-new, 176-page book of Barnor’s street and studio portraiture from the 1950s to 1970s. A year later, Barnor was awarded the Order of the Volta. His works also had showings in the UK, South Africa, France, the USA, Canada, and the Netherlands. James Barnor continues to exhibit and give talks on his work.