Elaine Mayes (b. 1936)


Elaine Mayes began as a photojournalist in the 1960's, capturing musicians and documenting current events at the seminal turning point in music. Mayes majored in painting and art history at Stanford University and then studies at the San Francisco Art Institute. During this time she was an independent photojournalist, working for different magazines and graphic designers. She photographed the ‘Summer of Love’ and the scene in the Haight Ashbury District, and in 1967 she went on assignment to the Monterey Pop Festival. Mayes became the official photographer for the Steve Miller Band, and she and poster artist Victor Moscoso produced the innovative first Miller album cover, “Children of the Future.”


In 1968 Elaine became one of the first of three women to teach photography in the University of Minnesota. She was on the founding faculty of Hampshire College, and served as the Chair of NYU's Tisch School until her retirement in 2001. Mayes continued to photograph the music scene through the 1980’s including The Punk and New-Wave era in New York.


Also a fine art photographer, Elaine has gained an international reputation for her landscape, conceptual documentary and candid photography. With the assistance of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1992 she produced a book called Ki'i no Hawaii, which shows photographs covering a 20 year period of Hawaiian land and culture.


Since her retirement from teaching Elaine has continued with her photographic work. Her Monterey Pop photographs were exhibited at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, and are featured in their permanent collection. Pictures from her 1968 Haight Ashbury portrait series were shown recently at the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her music pictures also were included in an exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art called San Francisco Psychedelic, and other musician photographs were exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum.


Avon Collection, New York, New York
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
Class of 1928 Photography Collection, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas
Denver Museum of Art, Denver, Colorado
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
George Eastman House, Rochester, New York
Getty Museum of Art, California
Hawaii State Foundation for the Arts
Honolulu Academy of Art, Hawaii
ITT Collection, New York, New York
Metropolitan Museum, New York, New York
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
National Museum of American Art, Washington, D. C.
New Orleans Museum of Art
New York Public Library
Oakland Museum, Oakland, California
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Oregon
Reader’s Digest Collection, New York, New York
Saint Louis Museum of Art, Missouri
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California
San Fracisco Museum of Modern Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California
Seagram’s Collection, New York, New York
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
Smith College Art Museum, Northampton, Massachusetts
St. Louis Museum of Art, St. Louis, Missouri
Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia
UCLA, Grunwald Center for Graphic Arts, Los Angeles
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City
University of Kansas, Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
University of Nebraska, Sheldon Art Gallery, Lincoln
University of Oklahoma Museum of art, Norman



Selected Solo Exhibitions:
Haight-Ashbury Portraits- Steven Kasher Gallery, New York
Photos from Monterey Pop- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, OH
Robert Burge 20th Century Photographs, NY, NY
Hawaii, Its Land and Culture- Internationale Fototage, Mannheim, Germany
Hawaii, Its Land and Culture- The Contemporary Museum, First Hawaiian Center, Honolulu
The Monterey Art and History Assn, Monterey, Ca, Photographs from the Monterey Pop Festival
The Sublime, Amsterdam, Holland
Sandra Berler, Chevy Chase, Md.
Hawaiian LandscapesInterlochen Arts Center, Interlochen, MI
Hawaiian LandscapesNewton Art Center, Newtonville, Ma
Hawaiian LandscapesRhode Island School of Design
The Atlantis PortfolioHampshire College Art Gallery
Haight Ashbury Vintage PrintsThorne's Third Floor Gallery, Northampton, Ma
 Things On the GroundArt Department Gallery, Northern Illinois Univ., Dekalb
 Flora, Barbara Giles, Bandon, Oregon
Maggie Kress Gallery, Taos, New Mexico, Night Life New York
Color Photographs, Pennsylvania State University Art Gallery, State College, Pa
Marcuse Pfeifer Gallery, NY, NY, Black and White Photographs
Columbia Gallery of Photography, Columbia, Missouri
Pratt Institute, Fifty Photographs
Lightwork, Syracuse, NY
Fifty PhotographsPortland School of Art, Portland, Me
Fifty PhotographsRochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, MFA Gallery
Society for Photographic Education Convention, Albuquerque, NM
AutolandscapesWilliams College Art Museum, Williamstown, Ma
San Francisco Art Institute, 35 recent photographs
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Haight Ashbury Portraits
MIT, Cambridge, Ma, Portraits


Selected Group Exhibitions:
Slaves of Mimesis: Nine Years on 23rd Street- Steven Kasher Gallery, New York
The Museum of Modern Art, NY
The Nathan Cummings Foundation, NY and New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
Monterey Film Assoc. Theater presentation, Monterey Pop Images from 1967
Max's Kansas City Benefit Auction
The Metropolitan Museum, NY, Selections from the Permanent Collection
Capturing the MomentThe Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR
Through the YearsCBGB's New York City, exhibition of photos
Boston Museum of Fine Art, Landscape Revisited
Swanstock Photographers at Imagebank, NY
Eye of the Beholder, Photographs from the Avon Collection, ICP Midtown, New York City
The Summer of Love, Revolution/Evolution, Friends of Photography, San Francisco 
Under Surface TwoGallery 128, New York City
Photographs of AnimalsHoward Greenberg Gallery, New York City,  Humane Soc.
American Photography Institute FacultyOld Dominion University Gallery, VA
Silent Witness, United Nations -Geneva, Switzerland, NY and traveling
Town Grown, Town ShownThe Garden Show, Northampton, MA 
The Cat In PhotographyThe Katten Kabinet, Amsterdam, Holland
Under SurfaceGallery 128, New York City 
The Country Between Us, Contemporary American Landscape PhotographsMassachusetts College of Art, Huntington Gallery
American PhotographyBasel, Switzerland, Joshua Smith, Curator
Garden Imagery in Contemporary Art, Ft. Wayne Museum of Art, Indiana
City Work, New York by Seven Photographers New York Cultural Center, NY, NY
Photographs of AnimalsPhoto Collect, NY, NY
No Trumpets, No Swans, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York
Fifty Years of Color PhotographyFotokina, Cologne, Germany
Lightwork, Syracuse, New York, Retrospective, Visiting Artists
Charles Coles Gallery, Stanford Artists In New York
Photos from the Natl. Endowment for the ArtsThe National Museum of American Art
Recent AcquisitionsThe Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington D. C.
The Film Anthology PortfolioCharles Cowles Gallery
New Wave New YorkPS 1, Queens, New York 
Fleeting Gestures of DanceInternational Center of Photography, NY, NY
Fourteen New England PhotographersBoston Museum of Fine Art
Photographs from the Collection of Sam Wagstaff, six museums including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC and the Pompidou Center, Paris, France
Suzanne Hilberry Gallery, Birmingham, MI
Photography and the LandscapeThe George Eastman House, Rochester, NY 
Landscape-Cityscape, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Breadth of VisionFashion Institute of Technology, NY, NY
Gallery 115, Santa Cruz, Ca
Eight By TenDallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, Eight Photographers, Ten Prints Each
Kindred SpiritsThe Institute for Contemporary Arts, Boston
New AcquisitionsMuseum of Modern Art, NY, NY 
Sixth Minnesota Biennial, The Minneapolis Institute of Art
Five Women ArtistsThe Focus Gallery, San Francisco, Ca
Women Artists Annual, San Francisco Museum of Art
Photographs of the Watts TowersThe Oakland Museum


Selected Publications: 
Hayden's Ferry Review 42, Spring and Summer, Arizona State University, 2008
Popular Photography, March Issue, "How I Got This Shot," 2007
Goldmine Magazine, Monterey Pop, June 2007
Monterey Pop CD, Razor and Tie, 44 Images from the Monterey Pop Festival, 2007
The New Yorker, Fiction Issue, December 2004
Honolulu Advertiser, Jan 4, 2003, review
Honolulu Star Bulletin, Nov 9, 2003, by Gary Chun 
The New York Times, Sunday in May or June, Lens Landscape, Boston MFA, 2003
It Happened In Monterey, Classic Photographs by Elaine Mayes - Britannia Press, 2002
Witness, The Sixties, Oakland Community College, Michigan, 2001
Leg, General Publishing Group, Donna Karan, New York, 1997
Two Calendars, Chronicle Books, "At the Beach", "Cool Cat," 1997