In December 2015 Claire and Steyn had a chat about West-Africa and Ghana in particular. Claire recommended to have another talk with James Barnor, whom she accompanied during his visit to Foam Photography Museum in Amsterdam, and Steyn also met at the great Swinging Sixties exhibition.
So to speak, a few days later we had a Skype call. We immediately felt a strong connection and as building blocks came together a shared mission popped up: to share our story about Ghana. A critical story, but at the same time a story of hope and opportunity. “So, do you want to go on an Impact Journey?” “A Journey back to Ghana? With the both of you? …Yes, I would love to!”
In the meanwhile we met again in Amsterdam and we visited his place in London to dig into his extensive archive of stories and photographs – see updates.
On March 6th Ghana will celebrate its 60th independence day from British colonial powers. A celebration at the one hand, a moment of reflection at the other. What were the promises of Nkrumah? What was his bigger plan? And what has been achieved in the previous 60 years?
How better tell the story of independence through the lens of the most famous Ghanaian photographer? The one that captured the first president Nkrumah and kept on photographing for decades. We will return to Ghana at independence day and search for those people and stories in James’ photographs, rephotograph them and share the stories of independence from a wide range of perspectives using a multi-media approach.