|Dates: ||1929 - 2014, 7 June|
|Born: ||UK, Cambridge|
|Active: ||UK / Spain|
English documentary photographer who recorded the grim towns of England in the 1950s and 60s. He had a solo exhibition at The Victoria and Albert Museum in 1986.
Roger Mayne began his career with street photography which looked at forms of social interaction in public. For five years he concentrated on photographing Southam Street in London's Notting Dale, the district in which Colin MacInnesís contemporary novel Absolute Beginners was set. Mayne has subsequently worked in a variety of genres, producing intimate family portraits and dramatic landscapes. He has said of his photographs that "the two qualities that are really decisive are austerity and tension...for me tension is not only the very life blood of art, but also that which can make art uncomfortable and disturbing."
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Date last updated: 11 Nov 2011.
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