At the Serpentine, 30 Years of James Barnor, the Outsider Behind the Lens in a Journey Between Two Continents

At the Serpentine, 30 Years of James Barnor, the Outsider Behind the Lens in a Journey Between Two Continents
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An electrifying creative voyage through the 60-year career of James Barnor gallops among the halls of the Serpentine North Gallery, driven by thirty years of political and social changes in London and Accra, captured by a curious outside from behind his lens. Two continents, various photographic genres, from studio portraits to print commissions, the shots of the British/Ghanese photographer always come to life, witness to a life of encounters with places and people, “frozen” by this observer, creator, interpreter and narrator through the power of his camera. Whether it’s taking candid shots of a family, commissioned portraits or a shoot for a publication, Barnor takes on the process as a collaborative effort, in constant conversation with his subject. Borrowing from an archive of around 32.000 images, the exhibition embraces the years of work from 1950-1980, including the portraits taken in Barnor’s first photo studio, Ever Young in Accra, as well as looking at his passion for music, as can be seen from the photos of musicians and performers.
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