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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.

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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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Roger Mayne
Self Portrait 
1956
 
  
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Wikipedia has a biography of this photographer.Show on this siteGo to website
Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website
 

Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

 
• Evans, Martin Marix (Executive ed.) 1995 Contemporary Photographers [Third Edition] (St. James Press - An International Thomson Publishing Company) [Expensive reference work but highly informative.] 
  
• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on Roger Mayne.] 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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