Diversity Spotlight: James Barnor behind the lens of the Gold Coast


If you’ve never heard of James Barnor – Google could be your redeemer.

James Barnor is a distinguished Ghanaian photographer whose works span over 6 decades covering iconic pre and post Independence occasions in Ghana, formerly the Gold Coast, and Europe. At age 85, Barnor still is exudes youth and passion for his art.

I had the honour of meeting Barnor last week who was amongst acclaimed industry professionals including photographer Sara Shamsavari who gave a private viewing of her exhibition The LONDON, PARIS & NYC VEIL series currently showing at the Royal Festival Hall, and Italian photographer Daniele Tamagni whose birthday I was invited to join celebrate during his brief visit to London.

And just to emphasise the power of networking, James Barnor filled me in on the history of my family home the “Lutterodt House” in Accra which was purpose-built to have a darkroom… Confirmation creativity is part of my DNA!

Find out more about James Barnor on Facebook www.facebook.com/BarnorJames

Barnor’s works will be exhibited at Black Portraiture{s} II Conference: Imaging the Black Body and Re-Staging Histories 28 – 31 May Florence, Italy. To find out more CLICK HERE

Photos by Kai Lutterodt www.travelmakerkai.com


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