Island Life: Photographs from the Martin Parr Foundation

Roger Mayne

Born 1929, Cambridge, died 2014

Studying chemistry at Oxford, Mayne became interested in photography through its chemical processes. He moved to West London in 1954 to pursue a photographic career, beginning the work for which he is best-known: his study of Southam Street in Notting Hill.

He has cited his friends, the St Ives artists Terry Frost, Roger Hilton and Patrick Heron, as an influence. As well as shows at the ICA and George Eastman House in New York, Mayne wrote art criticism, and taught at Bath Academy of Art. His 1986 exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum saw a renewal of interest and singer Morrissey used his images for album covers and tour backdrops.