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Meet James Barnor, The First African/Ghanaian Photographer To Take A Photo In Color!!

This is James Barnor

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.

Photo: BintPhotoBooks/Blogspot

Photo: BintPhotoBooks/Blogspot

 

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.

Photo: kjgthatsme/Instagram

Photo: kjgthatsme/Instagram

 

James Barnor started photography in 1947

He opened a photo studio in James Town, Accra called Ever Young in 1950.

Photo: JamesBarnor/Instagram

Photo: JamesBarnor/Instagram

 

Colored photos

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.

Photo: Guardian/James Barnor

Photo: Guardian/James Barnor

 

Here’re some of James Barnor’s renowned works

Photo: Guardian/James Barnor

 

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Photo: Guardian/James Barnor

 

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Photo: Guardian/James Barnor

 

On behalf of all photographers in Ghana and Africa at large, we truly appreciate James Barnor’s efforts in photography.

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