James Barnor was born in Accra, Ghana in 1929. He began work as a photographer in the Jamestown district in 1947 where he set up the Ever Young studio, taking photographs of the local community.
He also worked as a photojournalist for the Daily Graphic and the South African anti-apartheid black lifestyle magazine Drum, which led him to London in the 1960s. Beyond his studio photography and press commissions, Barnor also has an extensive archive of street reportage.
After spending the 1960s in Britain, Barnor returned to Ghana at the end of the decade where he helped open the country’s first colour-processing laboratory
In 1993, after 24 years in Ghana, Barnor returned to London where he continues to live today. His varied body of photographic work documents the shift towards modern living as experienced by black people in both Africa and Britain.
A comprehensive overview of his work, Ever Young, was published by Autograph in association with éditions Clémentine de la Féronnière, Paris, in 2015. An exhibition of the same name has toured internationally.
ABOVE IS A SELECTION OF IMAGES BY JAMES BARNOR IN THE AUTOGRAPH ARCHIVE