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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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It Happened in Monterey: Exclusive Opening with Photographer Elaine Mayes

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A Hollywood premier exhibit featuring 40 rare images by renowned photographer, Elaine Mayes, who was on the scene at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 to capture 'modern rock's defining moment'.

Elaine has been in the photography scene for over fifty years, and a teacher of the art for just as long. Starting in 1968, she began as a professor of studio photography at University of Minnesota. Mayes was the first woman to teach photography and film at any American University. Her career in academia continued until 2000, during which she taught at such prestigious schools as The San Francisco Art Institute, The International Center of Photography, The Cooper Union and Pratt Institute.

Known for her portraits of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury residents in 1967 and 1968 and for her iconic images of rock and roll performers in the late 1960s, Mayes' subject matter has also included landscapes and conceptual projects including her series, Autolandscapes, made with a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship from a moving car while traveling across the country in 1971. She also photographed the New York downtown rock scene of the 1980s, and had exhibitions at the Smithsonian Art Museum and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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