F/64 Group Photographers

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The F/64 group was founded in the early 1930s and included a group of seven well-known photographers: Willard van Dyke, Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, John Paul Edwards, Sonya Noskowiak, Henry Swift, and Edward Weston. The group served to unite photographers who shared a similar appreciation for a certain aesthetic. F/64 signified the smallest aperture available in the large format cameras used during the time. This setting created a large depth of field, which makes an image extremely sharp and precise throughout the composition. This small aperture also sometimes called for a longer exposure time and therefore required subject matter that remained motionless. Their photographs champion the aesthetic potential of photography. This group relentlessly critiqued each other’s work to further advance the “art” of photography.