Research Study: F64

F64 is a photographic group founded in San Francisco. The term f/64 referred to the smallest aperture setting on a large format camera. The aim was to secured maximum depth of field and rendering photograph evenly sharp from foreground to background. Their styles characterized by sharp-focused on and carefully framed images seen through a particularly Western  viewpoint.

Carleton Watkins (1829–1916) was an American photographer of the 19th century. Born in New York, he moved to California and quickly became interested in photography. He focused mainly on landscape photography, and Yosemite Valley was a favorite subject of his. His photographs of the valley significantly influenced the United States Congress’ decision to preserve it as a National Park. He documented the rise of SF at19th Century. He doesn’t regard himself as an artist but an artisan. He has influenced f/64 a lot.

Imogen Cunningham at that time was the most experienced member and enjoyed an established reputation.

Willard Van Dyke gives his home at Berkley to talk about founding the group.

People that knows a little bit of art history may think Van Dyke is the most famous member, but this is another Van Dyke and he is not famous because of the beard.

Edward Henry Weston was a 20th-century American photographer. He has been called “one of the most innovative and influential American photographers… and “one of the masters of 20th century photography.” He was the first photographer that got Guggenheim Fellowship.

Weston’s Works:

Ansel Easton Adams (SF!) was an American photographer and environmentalist. His black and white landscape photographs of the American West, especially Yosemite National Park. I believe that he inherits the spirit of Watkins.He developed the Zone System as a way to determine proper exposure and adjust the contrast of the final print. The resulting clarity and depth characterized his photographs.

Adams’s works:

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