Anthony Vaccarello invites photographer James Barnor, courtesy of Galerie Clémentine de La Féronnière, to exhibit a selection of photographs in Saint Laurent Rive Droite stores in Paris and Los Angeles.

Born in Ghana in 1929, James Barnor opened his famous studio in Accra, where he immortalized a nation at the time of its independence. He was the first photojournalist of Ghana during the 50’s, and provided also major contributions with Drum magazine in the UK where he settled in the 60’s.

James Barnor, still young at heart at the age of 93, opens his unique archive of black and white and color images that trace the portraits and fates of both the anonymous and the famous. They are markers of a vibrant and exciting Afro-modernism, giving an unexpected glimpse into a remarkably modern and elegant visual universe.

About twenty photographs by James Barnor will be exhibited in Paris and Los Angeles such as DRUM MODEL, LONDON, C.1965-1966 or DRUM COVER GIRL ERLIN IBRECK, KILBURN, LONDON,1966. A catalog of the exhibition will be available in the SLRD stores.


To mark the exhibition, James Barnor was joined by fellow photographer Campbell Addy to discuss Barnor’s beginnings, his views on fashion photography, his approach to black and white versus color film, and the importance of passing knowledge to future generations.

Like Barnor, Campbell Addy is a British photographer of Ghanaian origin. Born in 1999, Addy recognized James as his mentor, both artistically and morally. Their relationship is a reciprocal enrichment and a perfect illustration of the dialogue between generations that Barnor speaks so poetically about.

The resulting conversation between Barnor and Campbell can be watched on Saint Laurent’s YouTube channel and on YSL.COM.