James Barnor might be a name unknown to some alive today. However, his gaze upon Black bodies in Africa forms the infrastructure of how we document Africa to this day.
Having had the fortune of becoming the first contracted photojournalist in Ghana in 1950, Barnor’s journey with how Black people are seen and rendered visible has been a decades-long exercise. The works of this African icon has been made available to the public in Botswana through the efforts of Alliance Française de Gaborone.
Now approaching his 94th birthday, Barnor took time out of his schedule to grace the launch of the exhibition of his work. Albeit a virtual presence, one was not too distant from enjoying the youthfulness and mischief that he embodies. These are, afterall, characteristics that most artists have been known to attribute their creativity to.
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