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June 7, 2016

James Barnor, Pioneer, Photographer, 1

If you haven’t met James Barnor and heard him speak about his experiences then I advise you clear your diary for the end of the week…

This Friday join Ghanaian photographer James Barnor as he discusses his work and that of fellow photographer Paul Strand with publisher, editor and critic Margaret Busby.  An octogenarian, Barnor’s work spans six decades as a studio portraitist, photojournalist and black lifestyle photographer.  Not widely known until 2010 when new audiences recognised Barnor’s significance through his images that represented societies in transition: Ghana towards Independence and London as an emerging diverse metropolis. Barnor was Ghana’s first full-time newspaper photographer in the 1950s, and he is credited with introducing colour processing to Ghana in the ’70s.

His first major solo retrospective exhibition of his photographs, Ever Young: James Barnor, was mounted at Rivington Place, London, followed by a series of exhibitions in the USA, France and South Africa.  The V&A recently acquired a selection of Barnor’s photographs as part of Staying Power Black British Photography 1950s – 1990s project, in partnership with The Black Cultural Archives.  There will be an opportunity to view the ‘Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century’ exhibition, and signed copies of the book ‘James Barnor Ever Young’ will be available.

Part of the Paul Strand photography and film exhibition season

£7, no concessions, includes drinks reception

When : 10 June 2016, 18.30-22.00

Where :  Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Location : Seminar Room 3

James Barnor, Pioneer, Photographer, 2

Courtesy of Mark

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