14 June â€“ 1 Sep 2024Â
Denise Coates Exhibition GalleriesÂ
Acclaimed British photographer Roger Mayne (1929 â€“ 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 â€“ most famously the working class communities of West London.Â
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.Â
This exhibition of around 50 photographs focuses on this central thread in Mayne51²è¹Ý¶ù 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 â€˜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 Mayne51²è¹Ý¶ù post-war subjects now in their more senior years and a new generation faced with myriad crises, Mayne51²è¹Ý¶ù deliberations on growing up, childhood, adolescence and family feel especially poignant and timely.
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