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Founded in 1979, October Gallery, in central London, exhibits innovative, contemporary art from around the world. For over 40 years, October Gallery has pioneered the development of the Transvangarde - the trans-cultural avant-garde.


James Barnor

James Barnor began, like many of his contemporaries on the continent, by setting up a studio which was visited by general public as well as dignitaries. Working for the Daily Graphic, as their first photojournalist, and Drum magazine, the influential anti-apartheid journal for lifestyle and politics, his career developed rapidly. After moving to the UK in 1959, he studied photography at Medway College of Art in Kent and continued to work on commissions for Drum, in London, shooting multinational models for its covers. Barnor’s portraits depict the self-assurance and individualistic fashion trends that dominated both in London and Accra.

Barnor introduced colour photography processing facilities to Ghana in 1969, as a representative for Agfa Gevaert. His work has been exhibited internationally; most recently his monumental touring exhibition Ever Young with Autograph ABP, featuring new prints made from original, digitally preserved negatives, as well as vintage photographs from the late 1940s to early 1970s, toured the UK and USA. His work is in collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate, and Government Art Collection, London, UK. In October 2016, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of Ghana, Barnor was awarded the Order of the Volta, conferred by President John Dramani Mahama at the National Honours and Awards Ceremony held at Accra International Conference Centre.

AGIP Calendar Model


Erlin Ibreck,
Drum Cover Girl

Erlin Ibreck at Trafalgar Square

Visitor at Studio EX 23

Two Sisters in-law,
Florence and Gifty

Student, Accra Girls Secondary School

Odd Fellows Lodge

Outside Studio EX 23

A Friend,
Rochester Gate

Nashdom Abbey,
Francis Thompson


Ghanaian Model,
Medway College of Art

Osofo Dadzie

AGIP Calendar Model

Model with Tank and Driver

Born in 1929, Accra, Ghana. Lives and works in London, UK
Selected solo exhibitions
2016   James Barnor: Ever Young, Rebuild Foundation in partnership with Autograph ABP
2015   James Barnor: Ever Young, Autograph ABP, Paris, France
2013    James Barnor: Ever Young, Impressions Gallery, Bradford, UK
2011    James Barnor: Every Young, Rudenstein Gallery, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
James Barnor: Ever Young, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2010   James Barnor, Parc Des Ateliers, Arles, France
Ever Young: James Barnor, Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, London     
2009   James Barnor: Ever Young, Autograph ABP, London, UK  
2007   Mr Barnor’s Independence Diaries, Black Cultural Archives, London, UK
Selected group exhibitions
2018   This Synthetic Moment, David Nolan Gallery, New York, USA
2016   Daniele Tamagni and James Barnor, October Gallery, London, UK
2015   Work, Rest and Play: British Photography from the 1960s to Today, The Photographers’ Gallery in partnership with OCT Loft, Shenzen and Misheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Swinging Sixties London – Photography in the Capital of Cool, Foam Fotografie museum, Amsterdam
Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s – 1990s, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
2014   Look At Me!, Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2012   Ghana – A Heritage Ever Young, British Council and Silverbird Lounge, Accra Mall, Ghana
Synchronicity II, Tiwani Contemporary in partnership with Galerie Baudoin Lebon, Paris
Becoming: Photographs from the Wedge Collection, Nasher Museum, Duke University, North Carolina, USA
Another London: International Photographers Capture London Life 1930 – 1980, Tate Britain, London, UK
2011   Synchronicity I, Baudoin Lebon, Paris, France
2004    Acton Arts Forum, Acton Arts Festival, London, UK
Awards and Prizes
2016    Order of the Volta (Ghana)
2011   GUBA (Ghana – UK Based Achievement) special “Lifetime Achievement” award

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