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 Weekly
February 8, 2018
A swimming pool fenced against an expanse of empty desert; an aerial view of seemingly infinite suburbia; a flooded wash; black ribbons of highway on-ramps. This is the Las Vegas—both mundane and exquisite, yet always monumental in its mastery of hostile land—local photographer Aaron Mayes is recording for posterity.

Articles Featuring Aaron Mayes

Doolittle Soapbox Race from August 1970
Arts and CultureFebruary 15, 2017
A new photography exhibit at the Historic Westside School showcases the UNLV University Libraries Special Collections’ Clinton Wright Photograph Collection.