James Barnor Book and Limited Edition Print
James Barnor Book and Limited Edition Print
This artist-signed set contains a copy of our hardcover monograph and a 10" x 8" special edition print of the legendary Ghanaian photographer's image ‘Coffee Night at Theobald’s Road, London’ (1960)
A special limited-edition signed book and print by the pioneering photographer James Barnor, part of our Autograph Editions series.
This edition of 30 includes a copy of our hardcover book James Barnor: Ever Young, the nonagenarian’s first artist monograph from 2015; and a numbered and stamped 10” x 8” modern silver gelatin print of Barnor’s photograph Coffee Night at Theobald’s Road, taken in 1960 in London. Both the book and print are signed by the artist. The limited edition print arrives secured inside the book with adhesive conservation photo corners, and protected within an acid-free sleeve.
With a career spanning more than sixty years, Barnor’s photographs cover a remarkable period in history, bridging continents and photographic genres, while representing societies in transition: Ghana moving towards its independence from colonial rule and London becoming a cosmopolitan, multicultural metropolis.
About the print
With a curtain as make-shift studio backdrop, Coffee Night at Theobald’s Road (1960) embodies Barnor’s relaxed interpersonal, cross-cultural style, and the joie de vivre atmosphere often seen in his repertoire of candid photographs, taken spontaneously at one of the many multicultural social gatherings that regularly took place in the photographers’ shared home in Clerkenwell, in east central London, shortly after his arrival in Britain from Ghana. A photographic predecessor to his later Drum magazine cover portraits of glamorous fashion models posing playfully, this image is an early example of Barnor’s special skill in portraying women seemingly at ease in front of his camera, enveloped by an air of confidence, self-possession, and radiance.
To reflect the artist’s practice in both London and Accra, a second print and book bundle is also available in Autograph’s shop, featuring a classic Barnor portrait work taken a decade prior in his renowned studio Ever Young in Jamestown, Accra.
About the book
This limited-edition bundle includes Autograph’s James Barnor monograph co-published with éditions Clémentine de la Féronnière, accompanying the artists’ first major solo exhibition in 2010 at Autograph and covers a key period in his photography between the late 1940s and 1970s with 200 images, texts by Kobena Mercer and Renée Mussai, plus an interview with the artist by Margaret Busby OBE and Francis Hodgson.
About the artist
Born in 1929 in Accra, James Barnor is considered a pioneer of Ghanaian photography. He started his career by opening the Ever Young photographic portrait studio in Accra in the early 1950s, frequented by a diverse clientele representing all aspects of society. In 1959 Barnor left Ghana for the United Kingdom, where he studied photography at Medway College of Art in Kent. Here, he continued to practice street and studio photography, often commissioned for Drum magazine – South Africa’s influential anti-apartheid journal for lifestyle and politics. Barnor photographed London’s ‘swinging sixties’, including celebrities such as Muhammad Ali and a multinational cohort of aspiring fashion models and cover girls. Towards the end of the decade Barnor was trained and recruited by Agfa-Gavaert, before returning to Ghana in 1969 where he opened the first colour processing laboratory and his new photography studio X23 in Accra.
Barnor is now widely recognised as a major figure in contemporary African photography and celebrated globally, and his artworks are represented in major private and public collections internationally, including TATE, V&A, National Portrait Gallery, and Musée du Quai Branly, to name but a few. His work was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, London in 2021.
For more than 30 years, Autograph has championed photography that explores issues of race, identity, representation, human rights and social justice. We are a registered charity, and proceeds from sales from Autograph’s editions help raise funds to support our arts and learning programmes.
Autograph Editions are produced with utmost care and a commitment to excellence, difference, and visual politics – reflecting the diversity of practice among the constituency of artists we work with.
We are proud to be working with professional photography printers Metro Imagining to produce these beautiful limited edition findraising prints, and grateful for their ongoing support.
James Barnor, Coffee Night at Theobald's Road, London, 1954/2021
Edition of 30 (+5 AP and 5 PP)
Signed and dated by James Barnor (recto)
Numbered, and certified with stamp (verso)
Fibre silver gelatin print
Approximately 10 x 8 inches / 10 x 25 cm (paper size), 7 x 7 inches / 17.7 x 17.8cm (image size)
The artist’s signature on each print is unique and may appear slightly different than shown here; the images on this page are for illustrative purposes only.
Due to the organic nature of fibre based paper the art work may not appear fully flattened; this is considered normal with this type of print and does not constitute a fault as such.
Published by Autograph in association with éditions Clémentine de la Féronnière, Paris, in 2015
Edited by Renée Mussai
Dimensions: 41x 26.5cm
Text in English and French
Published as part of the touring exhibition James Barnor: Ever Young
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Please note that this sale is for the physical limited edition print only. Copyright is retained by the artist, and this sale does not include reproduction or digital rights for the work.
If resold in the future, the artist may be entitled to the Artist's Resale Right, for more information visit DACS.
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