Photography of alumnus Roger Mayne on show

Friday 5 May

Two exhibitions are showing the work of 1950s photographer Roger Mayne (Balliol 1947).

Roger Mayne became interested in photographic processing while he was studying chemistry at Balliol. ‘In those years,’ he said, ‘I developed from a feeble amateur to a serious photographer.’ He went on to become a famous photographer, noted especially for his photographs of Southam Street in London in the 1950s. His work is held by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, Paris’s Bibliothèque nationale, and New York’s Museum of Modern Art and in private collections around the world.

His work is being shown at Bernard Quaritch Ltd, in an exhibition that includes recently discovered vintage prints, and at the Photographers’ Gallery,

In 2006, Mayne received a Lucie Award, one of photography’s most prestigious prizes. In 2007 he gave an interview to the Balliol College magazine, Floreat Domus. He died in 2014.

Image © The Roger Mayne Archive, courtesy Bernard Quaritch Ltd

Image © The Roger Mayne Archive, courtesy Bernard Quaritch Ltd

Image © The Roger Mayne Archive, courtesy Bernard Quaritch Ltd

Image © The Roger Mayne Archive, courtesy Bernard Quaritch Ltd

All images © The Roger Mayne Archive, courtesy Bernard Quaritch Ltd.