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Young smokers, Southam Street, 1956 North Kensington
1956; printed (c. 1960)

gelatin silver photograph
36.0 × 24.3 cm (image) 37.8 × 25.2 cm (sheet)
Place/s of Execution
London, England
inscribed in black pen (on reverse) u.l.: Young Smokers, Southam St, 1956 / North Kensington
inscribed in pencil (on reverse) u.l.: VINTAGE PRINT C ' 60
artist stamp in ink (on reverse) c.: PHOTOGRAPH / BY / ROGER MAYNE
inscribed in pen c.: I M 8
inscribed in pencil (on reverse) l.c.: Roger Mayne '56
Accession Number
International Photography
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of The Herald & Weekly Times Limited, Fellow, 1990
© The Estate of Roger Mayne
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Daryl and Anne Whinney
Gallery location
Not on display
“There are two kinds of photographs. There's the decisive moment and there's the contrived photograph and I think contrived photography has come back rather. But the kind of photography I like is the decisive moment, and I think the power of photography is in this. I think - to paraphrase Susan Sontag - the fascination of photography is as a trace of an event that has actually happened.”
Roger Mayne