Roger Mayne: Youth

Two groups of men and boys on Southam Street, North Kensington, London. A young West Indian boy looks straight at the camera. i Roger Mayne (1929 - 2014), Men and boys in Southam Street, London, 1959 © Roger Mayne Archive / Mary Evans Picture Library

14 June – 1 Sep 2024 
Denise Coates Exhibition Galleries 

Acclaimed British photographer Roger Mayne (1929 – 2014) celebrated the lives of young people growing-up in his evocative documentary images in the 1950s and early 1960s. Self-taught and widely influential in the acceptance of photography as an art form, Mayne was passionate about photographing human life as he found it – most famously the working class communities of West London. 

Capturing children at play and the emerging phenomena of the swaggering teenager, Mayne discovered in the young a defining energy that perfectly embodied both the scars and radicalism of post-war Britain. 

This exhibition of around 50 photographs focuses on this central thread in Mayne51ݶ work, bringing together his iconic street scenes of London with little-known intimate images of his own family at home in Dorset from the late 1960s and 70s.

While the two bodies of work, street and family, have a different tenor, they are united by a radical empathy with his subject and the desire to create a photographic image with lasting impact, sensitivity and artistic integrity. With Mayne51ݶ post-war subjects now in their more senior years and a new generation faced with myriad crises, Mayne51ݶ deliberations on growing up, childhood, adolescence and family feel especially poignant and timely.

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14 June – 1 Sep 2024 

10:00 – 18:00 (last entry 17:15)

The Courtauld Gallery  The Denise Coates Exhibition Galleries 
Two groups of men and boys on Southam Street, North Kensington, London. A young West Indian boy looks straight at the camera.
Roger Mayne (1929 - 2014), Men and boys in Southam Street, London, 1959 © Roger Mayne Archive / Mary Evans Picture Library

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