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Willard Van Dyke (American, 1906-1986)

Willard Van Dyke apprenticed with Edward Weston in 1928 and helped to found the f/64 Group in 1932 with Cunningham, Adams, Weston, and other practitioners of sharp-focus, "straight photography." In 1935, he began making documentary films in New York. The City, his 1938 collaboration with Ralph Steiner, ran for two years at the first New York World's Fair. During WWII he produced propaganda movies for the government and in 1947 made his film, The Photographer, about Edward Weston. He successfully fought attempts to blacklist him during the 1950s, and the Denver-born Van Dyke was director of the Department of Film at the Museum of Modern Art from 1965 to 1974.
- Anne Strader

Selected Bibliography
Sutterwhite, S. "Dialogue: Willard Van Dyke." Photograph (Summer 1997): 16-18.

Exhibition. A 1978 Exhibition of Photography by Members and Associates of Group f/64. St. Louis: University of Missouri, 1978.

Calmes, Leslie Squyers, ed. The Letters Between Edward Weston and Willard Van Dyke. Tucson: Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, 1992.


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