James Barnor CF JB 270 4000

Active tour & workshop James Barnor – secondary education

  • Fee activity € 104.5
  • Maximum amount of participants 20
  • Duration 1.5h
  • Location FOMU

Can you capture a zeitgeist? With James Barnor, travel back to an era of significant change. Discover his studio and street photography on an active tour with a FOMU guide. Empathize through animated conversations and creative assignments: create your own studio portrait and cap your zeitgeist in a reel.

From November 7nd 2023 until March 10th 2024

FOMU brings a rich and in-depth overview of the work of British-Ghanaian photographer James Barnor. His career as a studio portraitist, photojournalist and Black lifestyle photographer spans six decades, capturing important social and political changes in London and Accra (Ghana).

Born in Ghana in 1929, James Barnor established his famous ‘Ever Young’ studio in Accra in the early 1950s, where he captured a nation on the threshold of independence. In 1959, he moved to London, where he continued his studies and took commissions for the influential South African magazine Drum. This magazine captures the zeitgeist and experiences of the burgeoning African diaspora in London. In 1969, Barnor attends a workshop at Agfa-Gevaert in Mortsel where he is introduced to the technical aspects of colour photography. He returned to Ghana in early 1970 to set up the country’s first colour laboratory, while continuing his work as a portrait photographer.


  • Students discover the stories behind James Barnor’s photographs
  • The guide encourages students to look at the photos consciously and in depth
  • The guide activates the pupils through stimulating questions to connect the photos with their world today
  • The students are given creative assignments to actively engage with photography themselves

Key competences: historical awareness, citizenship, digital competences, cultural awareness, social and relational competences

Relevant subjects: fine arts, citizenship, photography – video – film, behavioural & cultural sciences, history, philosophy of life, media & communication – social skills, philosophy & moral sciences, PAV, English

Topics include: Photography, imaging, representation, identity, portrait photography, studio photography, fashion, fashion photography, pioneers, colour photography, Agfa-Gevaert, Ghana, decolonisation, independence, (Ghanaian) diaspora.

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Workshop in the photo studio at FOMU © Sarah Skoric / FOMU


  • This guided tour is suitable for pupils of the secondary educations, for all directions. When making your reservation, please indicate the age, level and/or area of interest of the pupils, so our guide can prepare the visit to suit your needs.
  • Maximum 20 persons per group
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Per group of 20 students, 2 supervisors get free admission. For each group of 20 students, at least 1 supervisor must be present.
  • Museum admission: free for visitors under 18 years old
  • This tour is available in Dutch, English, French

For group visits with a guide, FOMU works together with booking platform Experience Antwerp. For all practical questions about your booking you can contact them directly on +32 3 205 56 05