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22 Stunning Vintage Photos of Ghanaian Life and Style

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Renowned Ghanaian Fashion photographer James Barnor has captured over 50 years on film. Starting out in Ghana, he was the first photojournalist for the British-formed newspaper The Daily Graphic and later pioneered the first color photo lab to Ghana. Barnor later moved to London amidst the swinging sixties to capture the African diaspora. Below are a few photos from Barnor’s exhibit Ghana – A Heritage Ever Young that bring the past to life.

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Portrait of women in formal wear in London.

Portrait of women in formal wear in London.

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Roy Ankrah with his family in Accra, Ghana 1952.

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What do you think of James Barnor’s photos?

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peach
peach
5 years ago

I appreciate all black historical photographs. My favorite is the one with the girls by the car I need the bun and those kente cloth dresses in my life.

StraightShooter
StraightShooter
5 years ago
Reply to  peach

This was also my favorite.

Saran
Saran
5 years ago

it’s beautiful, just beautiful. These women knew how to be sexy without all the extravaganza. The woman in the car’s eyes = real bedroom eyes.

maralondon
maralondon
5 years ago

love the photos though the last one with the woman holding the 2 white dolls is a little bit disturbing for me.

Sucfred Dahe-Marfo
Sucfred Dahe-Marfo
5 years ago

Nice work James.… Your photograph really brought memories to me. Thank you and keep up the good work

Charlotte Roberts
Charlotte Roberts
5 years ago

Very nice picture

kaydenpat
kaydenpat
5 years ago

Some of those photos remind me of my parents when they were much younger. The 50s were stylish. Nice!

ladydulayne
ladydulayne
5 years ago

Looove them!!

Niesha
Niesha
5 years ago

They all look like ART.. love it

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