James Barnor Accra/London - a Retrospective


James Barnor, Sick- Hagemeyer Shop Assistant Accra, c.1971 © James Barnor/Autograph ABP, London

MASI presents the largest and most comprehensive retrospective to date devoted to the work of Ghanaian photographer James Barnor (Accra, 1929). Organized by the Serpentine Galleries in London, the exhibition documents Barnor’s long career, which encompassed numerous photographic genres, from studio portraiture to photojournalism, fashion editorials and street photography. Characterized by a candid eye and a spontaneous approach, his shots recount the social and political changes that have marked the recent history of his country and that of London’s African community. Focusing in particular on the decades 1950–1980, the exhibition presents works from the artist’s personal archives, including many unpublished pictures.

Organized by the Serpentine Galleries, London. After Lugano, the exhibition will be presented at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

  • MASI Palazzo Reali

  • via Canova 10, 6900 Lugano
  • Tue / Wed / Fri: 11 am – 5 pm
    Thurs: 11 am – 8 pm
    Sat / Sun / Public Holidays: 10 am – 6 pm
    Mon: closed
  • Full Price: CHF 8.–/Reduced Price: CHF 6.–/Ticino Ticket/IoInsegno: CHF 5.50