July 26, 2012

Roger Mayne - Children of Southam Street

Roger Mayne is one of the greatest naturalistic photographer of history and his pictures of children playing in the streets of England in the late 50's are among the most moving and emotive images you'll ever see in your life (at least in mine). Innocence in poverty has never found a better representation than here. And don't talk to me about French or US equivalents, they never produced something with the semantic richness of these images. They had all a sort of distanciation that you don't find here, where everything is empathy. Born in 1929, he pursued his work until recently but nothing for me that reached the level of these children portraits. A site here.

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