Vintage: London in the 1950s by Roger Mayne

Vintage: London in the 1950s by Roger Mayne


Roger Mayne (1929 – 2014) was an English photographer, most famous for his documentation of the children of Southam Street, London.

With some financial and limited curatorial security established, he began to look for a significant personal project. He found it in the street life of Southam Street in Notting Dale (now often considered part of Notting Hill), which he photographed between 1956 and 1961. The novelist Colin MacInnes asked Mayne to contribute the cover shot for Absolute Beginners (1959), which is set in the area around Southam Street. The Southam Street collection is of national importance, and is now held by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

1957. Children's playground, Islington, London.

1957. Children’s playground, Islington, London. © Roger Mayne

1958. Children playing in the bombed house. Portland Road, North Kensington, London.

1958. Children playing in the bombed house. Portland Road, North Kensington, London. © Roger Mayne

1957. Boy in the ruins, Waverly Walk, Harrow Road.

1957. Boy in the ruins, Waverly Walk, Harrow Road. © Roger Mayne

1957. Boys playing with a handcart at Hampden Crescent. Paddington, London.

1957. Boys playing with a handcart at Hampden Crescent. Paddington, London. © Roger Mayne

1956. Boys smoking. London.

1956. Boys smoking. London. © Roger Mayne

1957. Brinkley Road, Paddington, London.

1957. Brinkley Road, Paddington, London. © Roger Mayne

1957. Playing cricket, Addison BC Place, North Kensington. London.

1957. Playing cricket, Addison BC Place, North Kensington. London. © Roger Mayne

1957. Girl about to do a headstand. Kensal Road. London

1957. Girl about to do a headstand. Kensal Road. London © Roger Mayne

1957. Children on the road. St. Stephens Garden, London.

1957. Children on the road. St. Stephens Garden, London. © Roger Mayne

1956. Southam Street, London.

1956. Southam Street, London. © Roger Mayne

1956. Children on the road. Southam Street, London

1956. Children on the road. Southam Street, London © Roger Mayne

1956. Children dancing jive.

1956. Children dancing jive. © Roger Mayne

1956. Southam Street, London.

1956. Southam Street, London. © Roger Mayne

1956. Girls are doing a handstand. Southam Street, London

1956. Girls are doing a handstand. Southam Street, London © Roger Mayne

1956. Girls gambling, Southam Street, London.

1956. Girls gambling, Southam Street, London. © Roger Mayne

1956. Southam Street, London.

1956. Southam Street, London. © Roger Mayne

1956. Southam Street, London.

1956. Southam Street, London. © Roger Mayne

1956. Street scene at Harrow Road, London.

1956. Street scene at Harrow Road, London. © Roger Mayne


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