An artistic collaboration across continents

Following the publication of the books of photography, Ever Young by Ghanaian photographer, James Barnor and Fashion Tribes by Italian photographer, Daniele Tamagni, the two artists will be presenting their works at the October Gallery in London starting in September.

The joint exhibition, October Gallery noted, features “Barnor’s analogue photographs of London’s growing multicultural metropolis during the ‘swinging 60s’ and Ghana in the 50s, along with new works by Tamagni of striking fashion sub cultures throughout contemporary Africa.”

Tamagni, was born in Milan, Italy, in 1975. He trained as an art historian and has travelled widely within Africa—Dakar, Nairobi and Brazzaville, for instance— capturing fashion subcultures through his photographs. Tamagni won the Canon Young Photographer Award in 2007 for his work ‘Sapeurs of Brazzaville’.

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Work Ghanaian photographer, by James Barnor. Photo: October Gallery
Work Ghanaian photographer, by James Barnor. Photo: October Gallery

A pioneer in Ghanaian photographer

James Barnor was born in Accra, Ghana, on 6 June 1929. A pioneer in photography in Ghana, Barnor worked as a photojournalist for the Daily Graphic in Ghana and Drum magazine in South Africa. He relocated to London in 1959 where he continued to work as a photographer, capturing fashions trends of the era.

Barnor has become more celebrated in the past decade after his first solo exhibition, organised by Ghanaian writer and art historian, Nana Oforiatta-Ayim, held at the Black Cultural Archives, in 2007. Another exhibition, ‘Ever Young: James Barnor’, followed at Rivington Place, London, in 2010. He has held exhibitions in South Africa and the United States since then. The forthcoming joint exhibition with Tamagni at the October Gallery will hold between 8 and 30 September 2016.

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