Ansel Adams · Imogen Cunningham · Willard Van Dyke · Brett Weston · Edward Weston
Nearly fifty works from five of f/64's members, now known as some of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. Founded in 1932, Group ƒ/64 was an informal association of photographers devoted to exhibiting and promoting a new direction in photography.
Founded in 1932, Group ƒ/64 was an informal association of Bay Area photographers devoted to exhibiting and promoting a new direction in photography. The group was established as a challenge to pictorialism, a popular movement on the West Coast, which favored painterly, hand-manipulated, soft-focus prints, often made on textured papers. This small association of innovators named their organization Group ƒ/64 after the large-format camera aperture, which produces the maximum depth of field so that everything from the immediate foreground to the distant background is in sharp focus, yielding crisp, graphic compositions. On November 15, 1932, the work of the original eleven members of Group ƒ/64—seven men and four women—was shown in a major exhibition at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco. Modern Masters: Group ƒ/64 features five of the most important members of the group.