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Founded in 1979, October Gallery, in central London, exhibits innovative, contemporary art from around the world. For over 40 years, October Gallery has pioneered the development of the Transvangarde - the trans-cultural avant-garde.


James Barnor, Drum cover girl Marie Hallowi, Rochester, Kent, 1966. Courtesy of Autograph ABP.
James Barnor, Drum cover girl Marie Hallowi, Rochester, Kent, 1966. Courtesy of Autograph ABP.

Daniele Tamagni, Playboys of Bacongo, 2008.
Daniele Tamagni, Playboys of Bacongo, 2008.

James Barnor, Untitled #4, Sick-Hagemeyer shop assistant, Accra, 1971.Courtesy of Autograph ABP.
James Barnor, Untitled #4, Sick-Hagemeyer shop assistant, Accra, 1971.Courtesy of Autograph ABP.


8 - 30 September 2016
This collaborative exhibition presents work by pioneering Ghanaian photographer James Barnor, and award winning Italian photographer Daniele Tamagni. Featuring Barnor’s analogue photographs of London’s growing multicultural metropolis during the ‘swinging 60s’ and Ghana in the 50s, along with new works by Tamagni of striking fashion sub cultures throughout contemporary Africa. This exhibition follows the launch of the publications: ‘Ever Young’, by James Barnor and ‘Fashion Tribes’, by Daniele Tamagni.

Daniele Tamagni, an Italian photographer, trained as an art historian before travelling worldwide to document colourful fashion subcultures. Shooting style in locations outside of the presumed fashion contexts such Brazzaville, Johannesburg, Nairobi and Dakar, Tamagni seeks and finds individualistic identity. In 2007 he won the Canon Young Photographer Award with a project about the Congolese dandys, Sapeurs of Brazzaville and in 2010 won the ICP, Infinity Award; fashion category.  Tamagni’s subjects are reflective of James Barnor’s models of the 60s with fashion aiding their nonchalant confidence.

James Barnor, born in Accra, Ghana in 1929, began, like many of his contemporaries on the continent, by setting up a studio which was visited by general public as well as dignitaries. Working for the Daily Graphic, as their first photojournalist, and Drum magazine, the influential anti-apartheid journal for lifestyle and politics, developed his career rapidly. 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.

Style dictated the identity of Londoners during the sixties but continues to do so in contemporary society. Tamagni shines light on the renaissance happening in developing economies and the power of fashion to push economic and cultural boundaries today.

Daniele Tamagni


Sapeurs posing in front of Memorial Savorgnan de Brazza

KVV Mouzieto the Sapeur Matsouaniste

Samba la Mairie

Lalhande ‘the young’

The Playboys of Bacongo

The Vintage Crew #02

The Vintage Crew #01

Smarteez #01


Afrometal #01


Diskette #01

Dakar Renaissance Lady #1

Dakar Renaissance Lady #2

Xaley Fashion Girl


Jerry Moeng

Solange #02


Solange #01

Papa and Velma #01

The Vintage Crew #03

James Barnor

AGIP Calendar Model


Erlin Ibreck,
Drum Cover Girl

Erlin Ibreck at Trafalgar Square

Visitor at Studio EX 23

Two Sisters in-law,
Florence and Gifty

Student, Accra Girls Secondary School

Odd Fellows Lodge

Outside Studio EX 23

A Friend,
Rochester Gate

Nashdom Abbey,
Francis Thompson


Ghanaian Model,
Medway College of Art

Osofo Dadzie

AGIP Calendar Model

Model with Tank and Driver

Mike Eghan at Piccadilly Circus, London, 1967.

Drum cover girl Marie Hallowi #1, Rochester, Kent, 1966.

Untitled #4, Sick-Hagemeyer shop assistant, Accra, 1971.

Untitled #2, Drum cover girl Selby Thompson, Campbell-Drayton Studio, 1967.

Untitled #2, Two friends dress for church celebration, Accra, 1972.

Drum cover girl Rosemarie Thompson, 1972.

Drum Cover Girl Marie Hallowi at Charing Cross Station, 1966.

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