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The Roadmaker
James Barnor

The Roadmaker
James Barnor
RRB Photobooks 


Hardcover with tipped-in image
64 Pages
275 x 30 mm
ISBN 9781838268329


The Roadmaker is a new retrospective book of work by photographer James Barnor drawing from across his career, demonstrating his modernism and inherent skill as a colourist. The publication of the book coincides with the exhibition James Barnor: Ghanaian Modernist at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery from 17 May 2021 as part of Bristol Photo Festival, and a major retrospective of Barnor’s work at Serpentine, London from 20 May 2021.



About the Artist
James Barnor (b.1929) was Ghana’s first international press photographer. He came from a family of photographers and established his own studio in Accra, Ever Young in 1950. He worked from this studio at the time of Ghana’s independence whilst also selling his pictures to the Daily Graphic and Drum magazines. He came to Britain in 1959, and whilst working in a factory, he took photography evening classes at the London College of Printmaking and lessons with the Colour Processing Laboratory in Kent. He went on to study at Medway College of Arts, where he gained employment as a technician, eventually returning to Accra in 1969, where he established X23, the city’s first colour photography studio. He returned to London in the 1990s.


About the Publisher
RRB Photobooks is a photobook seller and publisher based in Bristol UK. RRB Photobooks publishing arm was established in 2015. They mainly publish overlooked, forgotten and underappreciated British photographers of the 1970s and 80s.

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