Aaron Mayes

Curator for Visual Materials, UNLV Libraries Special Collections
Expertise: Photography, Documentary Photography, Las Vegas Photographic History, Photojournalism, Digitization for Cultural Heritage


Aaron Mayes is a photographer who documents Southern Nevada, its built and natural environments, and the people who call it home.

He began his career as a photojournalist for the Henderson Home News and Las Vegas Sun, before working as UNLV’s university photographer documenting life on campus. In his role as curator for visual materials at UNLV Libraries, Mayes is responsible for growing Special Collections’ archive by creating and collecting photographs, as well as providing technical expertise with digitization efforts.

A fifth-generation Nevadan, Mayes’ work has been seen in many national and international publications and in local media outlets.


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Aaron Mayes In The News

Las Vegas Sun
Mike Smith answered his newsroom phone expecting to talk with a reader. That’s commonplace when his editorial cartoons are published in the Las Vegas Sun, as callers either reach out with a compliment or criticism.
K.S.N.V. T.V. News 3
A new chapter. A new beginning.
A Las Vegas university is making people smile after staging a photo shoot with a figure well-known to students and alumni at one of its empty libraries on campus.
Las Vegas Review Journal
While the UNLV campus is closed because of coronavirus concerns, nobody is using the Lied Library — save for one dutiful skeleton.

Articles Featuring Aaron Mayes

Doolittle Soapbox Race from August 1970
Arts and Culture | February 15, 2017

A new photography exhibit at the Historic Westside School showcases the UNLV University Libraries Special Collections’ Clinton Wright Photograph Collection.