In 1932, a handful of iconoclastic Bay Area photographers bucked photographic tradition with their collective, f/64. Named for the aperture on a large-format camera that provides the sharpest focus, f/64 was a reaction against the lingering hold of pictorialism on West Coast photography -- the idea that photos were art only if photographers used soft focus and darkroom manipulation to make their pictures mimic paintings. The f/64 shooters -- epitomized by Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Imogen Cunningham -- championed a view that considered the photograph a work of art in its own right. The group only lasted until 1935, but its influence redefined photography not only as an art... More >>>