Elaine Mayes’ photographic work encompasses documentary, poetic and conceptual approaches. Primarily she works in projects that involve specific subjects or locations. She also has a large inventory of digital prints and archival vintage silver gelatin prints. In the 1060’s she photographed the rock and roll revolution, San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury District and did photojournalism. Since that time she has produced a number of projects that include images of places, portraits and events.

Elaine taught photography and film at The University of Minnesota, Hampshire College, The Cooper Union, The international Center of Photography, Pratt Institute, Bard College, and New York University where she was Chair of the Photography and Imaging Department from 1996 to retirement from teaching in 2001. Currently she is Professor Emerita in the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

In 2009 her photographs were shown at MOMA New York, MOMA San Francisco, The Brooklyn Museum and at the Art Gallery, George Washington University. Additionally her 1968 Haight Ashbury portraits were exhibited at the Steven Kasher Gallery, NYC, and this work, along with another series, “Portraits of People on Television,” was featured at AIPAD NY in 2010.

Her photographic books include out or print “When I Dance”; “It Happened In Monterey” - about the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival - published by Britannia Press in 2003: and “Ki’i no Hawai’i - Photographs of/from/about Hawaii” - a limited edition of Twenty Five hand made copies. This work spans a twenty year period and was begun with a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. She also has produced films and videos and currently is editing a video project about her friend, Helen Levitt.

Her exhibitions, lectures and presentations have been numerous.

Elaine’s work can be found at Robert Burge 20th Century Photographs, Steven Kasher Gallery and at Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York. She also has representation on line with Lens Culture, Photo-Eye, and art4business Inc.

Additional Links:

San Francisco MOMA - Iain Boal on Elaine Mayes
Tim Connor

Purchase signed copies of “It Happened in Monterey” for $20.00 plus $6.00 shipping and handling.

Please CONTACT Elaine Mayes for print prices, purchases, and information.