Thursday, July 28, 2016

Black Models Of London’s Swinging ’60s: October Gallery


Drum Cover Girl Marie Hallowi (born in Nigeria), Rochester, Kent, U.K., 1966.  London in the swinging ’60s was home to a burgeoning multicultural scene, where style served as a basis of identity. Drum magazine, an influential anti-apartheid magazine based in Johannesburg, and Africa’s first black lifestyle magazine, served as the home for photos of black models; the photographer was James Barnor, born in 1929 in Accra, the capital and largest city in Ghana.  It was in  the Jamestown area of Accra where Barnor set up his studio, called “Ever Young.” He came to London in December 1959 to develop his craft and attend art school. October Gallery, in London, writes: “After moving to the UK in 1959, he continued to work on commissions for Drum, in London, shooting multinational models for its covers. Barnor’s portraits depict the self-assurance and individualistic fashion trends that dominated.” The exhibit, which includes Italian photographer Daniele Tamagni, runs from September 8 to 30, 2016 at London’s October Gallery. For more, go to [OctoberGallery]. You can also see some of the cover photos from 1969’s editions of Drum magazine here.
Photo Credit: James Barnor; courtesy of Autograph ABP.
Source: October Gallery

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