Renowned photographer James Barnor is being celebrated by the gallery over the next few months in both a virtual and physical way. To kick off the ode to his work, the British-Ghanaian artist is set to be the centre of discussion at the virtual event, Portraits for the Future, on March 31st. This event will see creatives such as Tyler Mitchell in conversation with James as well as our favourite fashion duo Naomi Campbell and Edward Enninful discussing his legacy alongside a plethora of artists and musicians. The star-studded event, hosted by Clara Amfo, is just the beginning of the celebrations, however.
During April, the screens at London’s Piccadilly Circus will play host to a two and half minute tribute to Barnor. This iconic display will come in the form of a collaboration between the Serpentine and digital art platform CIRCA and will present the three chapters of the photographer work – past, present and future. With the likes of Italian Vogue’s Ferdinando Verderi and the Culture Art Society contributing to the various segments of the film, it is set to be a glorious display of Barnor’s most influential works as well as his legacy which manifests in a new generation of photographers. The tribute will be played at exactly 20:21 GMT every evening and will serve as the perfect bit of culture to spice up Londoner’s socially distanced walks.