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Elaine Mayes: The Haight Ashbury Portraits, 1967-1968

Everyday life on the Haight: previously unseen portraits from the hippie epicenter by the acclaimed documentarian.

Elaine Mayes (born 1936) was a young photographer living in San Francisco’s lively Haight-Ashbury District during the 1960s. She had photographed the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and, later that year, during the waning days of the Summer of Love, embarked on a set of portraits of youth culture in her neighborhood. By that time, the hippie movement had turned from euphoria to harder drugs, and the Haight had become less of a blissed-out haven for young people seeking a better way of life than a halfway house for runaway teens. Hardcover, 98 pages.

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