Elaine Mayes has been crisscrossing the US, never remaining in one place for more than three or four months at a time. Recently is full of stylistically eclectic photographs that represent the rebellious young people of the 1950s and 60s.
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.