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Elaine Mayes: Summer of Love, an exhibition on view at Joseph Bellows gallery in La Jolla, CA, coincides with the 50th anniversary of the summer of love; a period of great social, cultural, and political change that brought together over 100,000 like-minded young people to San Francisco to usher in a new era.

The exhibition features Mayes’ intimate vintage black and white portraits of youth counterculture in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district during the late 1960’s. The photographs are compelling depictions that are at once specific to the individuals pictured, as well as definers of that age and era. They reveal a freedom of expression Haight Street, 1968 and camaraderie that was shared by a generation at odds with its current social ideals. Together with these images will be informal portraits of musicians and festivalgoers.

Photographs of this series by Elaine Mayes, now a professor in the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, are also on exhibit at the De Young Museum through August 20th, as part of the Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll. Running concurrently with Summer of Love at this gallery is a group show featuring photographs from gallery artists.

Elaine Mayes: Summer of Love
June 10 – August 26, 2017
Joseph Bellows gallery
7661 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037

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Elaine Mayes

Elaine Mayes is an American photographer born in 1936.

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