Collection Artwork
Elaine Mayes (born Berkeley, California, 1938)
Draft Dodger, Haight Ashbury
1968
gelatin silver print
frame size: 20 7/8 x 16 7/8 in.
image size: 8 5/8 x 8 5/8 in.
The Jack Shear Collection of Photography at the Tang Teaching Museum
photographed in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, San Francisco, California, United States, North America
2020.31.179
Inscribed in blue ink, verso, upper left: 2
Inscribed in blue ink, verso, center: 57-11
Inscribed and dated, verso, center: Draft Dodger / Haight Ashbury 1968
Signed, dated, and inscribed, verso, lower center: Elaine Mayes 2007 (vintage 1968)
Signed, inscribed and dated, verso, lower right: Elaine Mayes / Haight Ashbury 1968
Inscribed, verso, lower left: 2 [encircled]
Inscribed, verso, lower right: L69.53.14

Object Label

Elaine Mayes documented a generation of young people living in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, a community hospitable to countercultural and revolutionary ideas. There she photographed this Vietnam War draft dodger, one of over 500,000 young men classified as draft offenders during the Vietnam era.

From the exhibition: Where Words Falter: Art and Empathy (July 9 – December 18, 2022)

Ongoing Research

Research on our collection is ongoing. If you have resources you’d like to share, please contact Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara.
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