He’s an 87-year-old Ghanaian photographer and has been credited as the first Ghanaian photographer to shoot in color. Before him, all photos in Ghana were monochrome. Like the one below.
James Banor’s colored photography works have been featured in many British magazines
Photography has become a lucrative job for most Ghanaian millennials as they’ve used it as a way to unleash their creativity and storytelling but until James Barnor, there was no photo colored photo ever shot in Ghana.
James Barno’s works, according to The Guardian newspaper, helped put Ghanaian and black women in British magazines. Most of his works were about portraying fashion, black culture and music.
James Barnor started photography in 1947
He opened a photo studio in James Town, Accra called Ever Young in 1950.
It was until 1970 that he shot the first colored photo in Ghana after setting up his color photo processing studio. He was also the first person to shoot photos outdoors.
Here’re some of James Barnor’s renowned works