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Erlin Ibreck

by James Barnor
gelatin silver print, 1967
11 5/8 in. x 9 5/8 in. (295 mm x 246 mm) image size
Purchased, 2017
Photographs Collection
NPG x200029

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  • Erlin Ibreck (1947-), Fashion model; Unit Manager for Open Society Foundations. Sitter in 1 portrait.

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  • James Barnor (1929-), Photographer. Artist of 1 portrait, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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  • 100 Fashion Icons, p. 108 Read entry

    James Barnor (b.1929) worked as a freelance photographer for South Africa's Drum magazine after moving from Ghana to London in 1959. Drum was an influential anti-apartheid lifestyle and politics journal – franchised across the African continent and read by the black community in London – which launched the career of a number of photographers and models, including cover star Erlin Ibreck. After being spotted by Barnor queuing for a bus outside London's Victoria station, Ibreck enrolled at the Lucie Clayton modelling school for two years, before changing careers and moving to New York. Barnor's photographs for Drum brought black models into mainstream British media and captured the experiences of the African diaspora in 'Swinging Sixties' London.

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Current affairs

Harold Wilson decides to devalue the pound by nearly 15% in order to ' break out from the straitjacket' of boom and bust economics. The decision was controversial and prompted Wilson to reassure the public that the 'pound in your pocket' would not be worth any less.

Art and science

The Beatles release Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, with a record sleeve designed by pop artist, Peter Blake. The band's musical experimentation and colourful new look was an example of psychedelic, and the LP is often regarded as one of the first concept albums.

International

Che Guevara is captured and executed in Bolivia. The guerrilla leader and revolutionary icon was hunted down by the CIA and captured and shot by Bolivian Special Forces. He had been leading Bolivian insurgents in an attempt to overthrow the government.

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