Saint Laurent Rive Droite stores in Paris and Los Angeles will soon exhibit a collection of photographs by James Barnor, a 93-year-old Ghanaian photojournalist. Barnor, who was the first photojournalist in Ghana during the 1950s and provided major contributions to Drum magazine in the UK in the 1960s, has opened up his unique archive of black and white and color images for the exhibit.

© James Barnor courtesy of Galerie Clémentine de la Feronnière

About twenty photographs will be on display, including “Drum Model, London, c.1965-1966” and “Drum Cover Girl Erlin Ibreck, Kilburn, London, 1966.” A catalog of the exhibition will be available in the SLRD stores. To mark the exhibition, Barnor was joined by fellow Ghanaian photographer Campbell Addy for a conversation about his beginnings, his views on fashion photography, his approach to black and white versus color film, and the importance of passing knowledge to future generations.

© James Barnor courtesy of Galerie Clémentine de la Feronnière
© James Barnor courtesy of Galerie Clémentine de la Feronnière

The conversation between Barnor and Addy can be watched on Saint Laurent’s YouTube channel and on YSL.COM, offering an opportunity to explore the vibrant and exciting Afro-modernism that Barnor’s photographs capture.

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