Drum Cover Girl Erlin Ibreck, London, 1966
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James Barnor’s archive was produced during a career spanning more than 60 years. It covers a remarkable period in history, creating a narrative marked by his passionate interest in people and cultures. Through the medium of portraiture, Barnor’s photographs represent societies in transition: Ghana moving towards independence and London becoming a cosmopolitan, multicultural metropolis.
During the 1960s, James Barnor worked as a freelance photographer for Drum magazine and other lifestyle publications. Documenting the glamorous style of 'swinging 60s' London, he captured a new wave of aspiring fashion models and the emergence of a multicultural society in the UK.
'The picture of a young woman leaning against a shiny grey Jaguar was taken in Kilburn, north London, in 1966. The pastel minidress, heavy fringe and costume jewellery feel instantly familiar as belonging to the era, but while we're used to seeing a pallid Twiggy or Penelope Tree striding about London in fashion shoots from the same time, we rarely see images in which the model is black.
Back in the 1960s, when fashion shoots featuring black models were rare, the Ghanaian photographer James Barnor bucked the trend with his fashion shoots for Drum magazine.'
- Kate Salter, Colour me beautiful: James Barnor's photographs for Drum magazine, The Telegraph
'Pictured here in Kilburn in northwest London during the swinging 1960s, Erlin Ibreck moved to the U.S., where she become a successful executive, after experiencing overt racism in the fashion industry.'