Sunday, 15 June 2014

Roger Mayne, 1929 - 2014

Roger Mayne, Girl Jiving, 1957
Roger Mayne died on 7 June 2014.
"Roger Mayne... might be thought of as England's Robert Frank". So wrote Colin Westerbeck and Joel Meyerowitz in Bystander: A History of Street Photography (p192). High praise indeed for a photographer whose work is probably far less well known that it deserves to be. Mayne will principally be remembered for his wonderful pictures of children and teenagers in London in the 1950s and 60s - subject matter which might suggest an affinity more with Helen Levitt than Robert Frank. Whichever, Mayne was his own man and a great photographer: his high-contrast pictures of a now lost post-war England of bomb-sites and poor housing are proof of that.
Read an obituary by Amanda Hopkinson.
Roger Mayne, Goalie, Brindley Road, off Harrow Road, 1956
Roger Mayne, Girl on the Steps, St Stephens Gardens, W2, 1957
Roger Mayne, Black and White Boys, 1959
Roger Mayne, Boys Smoking, Portland Road, North Kensington, 1956
Roger Mayne, Footballers, Southam Street, 1958
Roger Mayne, Crowd, Cup Tie - Arsenal v Liverpool, 1963
Roger Mayne, Portrait of Gillian Ayres, 1960
Roger Mayne, Children in a Bus, Calangute, Goa, 1994
Roger Mayne, Iidibashi, Tokyo, 1986
Roger Mayne, Man and Shop Window, Paris, 1993

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