Gain an overview of the history and aesthetic goals of Group f/64, a San Francisco Bay Area-based informal alliance of eleven photographers, including Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and Edward Weston, formed in 1932. The name references the smallest camera lens aperture, which yields the sharpest depth of field. Dedicated to the belief that photography should emphasize its unique capabilities, the members of Group f/64 used large-format view cameras to produce sharply detailed, high-contrast photographs and made contact prints rather than cropping or enlarging their negatives. Taking the natural environment as their primary subject, the group’s photographs celebrate both form and personal expression.
Michelle Lamuniere, Fine Photographs specialist, Skinner Auctioneers
Above: Imogen Cunningham, Ansel Adams, Yosemite, 1953. Photograph, gelatin silver print. The Lane Collection.