Roger Mayne

Children playing on a lorry, Glasgow (Negative taken 30 August 1958)

About this artwork

In the two decades following the Second World War, the success of the Welfare State meant that children became a focus of public interest in a way that they never had before. Mayne's photographs reflect these concerns in a very sincere way. His contemporaries liked these uncomplicated pictures, which, according to Colin MacInnes writing in 1962, offered 'a portrait of urban sub-life of which, without him, I would have been unaware'.

Roger Mayne

Roger Mayne

Roger Mayne was born in Cambridge in 1929. He studied Chemistry at Oxford from 1947-51. A self-taught photographer, he built his reputation between 1956-61 while working in Southam Street in London, taking children in the streets as his main subject. He has worked for The Times Literary Supplement, The Observer and Vogue. His photographs have featured on the front covers of many books. During the 1950s he photographed the artists working in St Ives, Cornwall. He has exhibited and published internationally and believes that 'austerity and tension' bring art to life and draw the viewer's attention.