Great Britain born 1929 – 2014
Goalie, Street football, Brindley Road, Paddington 1956 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
Although Mayne photographed a variety of subjects over a long career, he will always be primarily linked with England in the late fifties, especially with the London districts of Notting Dale, Paddington and North Kensington. Mayne studied chemistry at Balliol College, Oxford. There he became interested in photography and on graduating placed pictures with Picture Post and worked as a stills photographer on film sets. Searching out a personal project, he found wonderful material on the streets of West London which he photographed extensively from 1956 to 1961. This area had suffered badly from wartime bombing and parts were due to be replaced by comprehensive building schemes. Realising that a way of life – as well as the Victorian terraces – was about to disappear he hung around the area, became accepted then forgotten, and so was able to document the children as they went about their day.
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