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Current Exhibition

Roger Mayne: Youth, The Courtauld Gallery London

Denise Coates Exhibition Galleries, Courtauld, London

14 June—1 Sep 2024

From the Courtauld website: "This exhibition, of around 60 almost exclusively vintage photographs, includes many of his iconic street images of children and teenagers, alongside an almost entirely unknown selection of intimate and moving later images of his own family at home in Dorset, as well as those taken on his honeymoon in Spain in 1962"

[Link] Find out more on the Courtauld website

Southam Street Group


Postwar and Modern, New Art in Britain 1945-1965: Featuring work by Roger Mayne, 2022

'ROGER MAYNE', The Photographer’s Gallery, London. The exhibition then transferred to Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham.

'ROGER MAYNE, London and Paris', Bernard Quaritch, London.

'The Partisan Coffee House', Four Corners Gallery London, featuring work by ROGER MAYNE.

‘Beyond the Lens’, ROGER MAYNE photography Exhibition, Thelma Hulbert Gallery Honiton, Devon.


Southampton City Art Gallery


13 Jan to 12 May 2018

Roger Mayne and St.Ives: A Defining MomentEagle's Nest

This ground breaking exhibition shows very early work by world-renowned photographer Roger Mayne, and previously unseen images of St. Ives alongside portraits of the artists from the 1950s.

Curated by the artist’s daughter, Katkin Tremayne, the exhibition also explores how Roger Mayne’s photography changed as a result of his encounter with the St. Ives group of artists and the lifelong friendships he made.

St. Ives paintings from the Collection are hung side by side with large scale Roger Mayne works from the 1960s to allow a dialogue between the two, showing him
questioning early on the distinction between painting
and photography.

This exhibition runs until 12 May.

[Link] Find out more at the Southampton City Art Gallery website.

Image credit: Patrick Heron and Ben Nicholson, Eagle’s Nest, 1956 � Roger Mayne Archive

Curators in Conversation: Join Katkin Tremayne, curator of A Defining Moment, as she discusses the work in the exhibition with curator Steve Marshall.

Friday 9 Feb / 11.30-12.30 / �3.50 Booking essential: 023 8083 4536


The Gitterman Gallery, New York

Roger Mayne

November 18, 2015 – January 23, 2016

Gitterman Gallery is proud to exhibit the vintage black and white photographs by Roger Mayne (1929–2014), opening Wednesday, November 18th, from 6 to 8 p.m. and running through Saturday, January 23rd.

Roger Mayne's�seminal body�of�work�on�the�streets of West London and similar working class neighborhoods of Britain in the 1950s and early 1960s made him one of the most important post-war British photographers. This exhibition will highlight groupings of photographs Mayne made of the same scene, on the same day. These groupings illustrate Mayne's distinctive way of seeing and engaging with his subject. Growing up in a strict and socially isolated environment, photography became a way for Mayne to connect with people and explore the world around him. His honest and empathetic approach to photography is evident in the candid response from his subjects.

Gitterman Gallery

Roger Mayne first became interested in photography while studying chemistry at Balliol College, Oxford University from 1947-51. In 1953 he developed an interest in the St. Ives School, which embraced the abstract avant-garde movement, and became friendly with the painters Terry Frost, Patrick Heron and Roger Hilton. Mayne was an early proponent of photography as art and consciously printed with high contrast and favored tight graphic compositions to emphasize the formal qualities in his work and have a dialogue with the painting of the time.

Mayne's photographs evoke a�particular moment in post-war Britain when hardships brought on by the war and rationing were still present. Mayne's photographs reflect the positive community life in the streets that would soon be coming to an end with the rebuilding and modernization of many working class neighborhoods. His images of these communities and the people: teddy boys, jiving girls and kids playing in the street, preserve the spirit of these neighborhoods. By 1959 Mayne’s images were so indicative of this period that Vogue used them to illustrate teenage styles. Colin MacInnes used one of his images on the cover of Absolute Beginners, a novel told in the first person by a teenage freelance photographer living in West London that commented on the youth culture of the time.

Throughout this period Mayne worked as a freelance photographer and his photographs were reproduced regularly in magazines and newspapers. His work was included in group exhibitions at the Combined Societies, a progressive group of local photographic societies in Britain that broke away from the Royal Photographic Society. His work was also included in Otto Steinert’s Subjektive Fotografie in Germany, a series of group exhibitions and books of international photography that emphasized personal expression and the aesthetic potential of the medium. Mayne had solo exhibitions in 1956 at the George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y. and at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. As early as 1956-57 the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Art Institute of Chicago acquired his work. Mayne’s work has been collected by numerous institutions including: Victoria and Albert Museum, London; George Eastman House, Rochester; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Bibilioth�que Nationale, Paris; and the Museum Folkwang, Essen.

Though his talent as a photographer was recognized early in his career, it was his solo exhibition at The Victoria and Albert Museum in 1986 and the subsequent use of his images on album covers and concert backdrops for the musician Morrissey in the 1990s that�renewed interest in his work. Most recently, Mayne’s work was featured in�Art of the ‘60s�at the Tate Britain in 2004,�Making History�at the Tate Liverpool in 2006,�How We Are: Photographing Britain�at the Tate Britain in 2007 and�Roger Mayne: Aspects of a Great Photographer�at the Victoria Gallery, Bath in 2013.

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