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Roger Mayne is best known for his pioneering body of work on community life in London’s Southam Street in the 1950s and early 60s.Making his debut as a young photographer for Picture Post in 1951, he went on to work for clients including the Observer, Sunday Times, Vogue, Pelican Books and BBC TV.
In addition to his depictions of Southam Street, the exhibition also features some of Mayne’s less well-known work from locations outside the capital. These include images from his young adulthood in Leeds where he first developed his photographic interests. Between 1961-65, Mayne visited the newly developed estate of Park Hill in Sheffield. At Raleigh Cycles in Nottingham (1964), Mayne embraced the dynamic setting and low lighting of the factory to produce a series of dignified portraits of the workers. He returned to Nottinghamin 1969 to take
photographs of St. Ann’s for the cover of the Pelican ‘classic study’ Poverty: The Forgotten Englishman. Restaged for the first time since 1964 is Mayne’s pioneering installation The British at Leisure. Commissioned for the Milan Triennale, it features 310 colour images projected on five screens to a commissioned jazz score by Johnny Scott.
Exhibition organised by The Photographers’ Gallery, London, and curated by Anna Douglas and Karen McQuaid in collaboration with Katkin Tremayne, Roger Mayne’s daughter.
Image: Roger Mayne
Raleigh Bicycle Factory, Nottingham, 1964 ©The Roger Mayne Archive Courtesy of Bernard Quaritch Ltd.