Willard Van Dyke apprenticed with Edward Weston in 1928 and co-founded the Group f/64 in 1932 with Imogen Cunningham, Ansel Adams, and Weston. The group believed in sharp-focus, “straight photography.”
In 1948, Van Dyke made the documentary film “The Photographer” about Edward Weston.
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In the 20 years between his apprenticeship with Weston and the making of the documentary, Van Dyke transitioned from photography to a notable career in documentary film making.
In 1935, Van Dyke moved to New York City and began making documentary films with the belief that films “could change the world.” His name soon became synonymous with social documentary in the U.S. His images of cotton fields, steel mills and industrial towns, and his portraits of unemployed factory workers and their families, provide an invaluable chronicle of those years and have become timeless examples of cinematic art.
He was a cinematographer on Pare Lorentz’s The River (1938). The City, his 1939 collaboration with Ralph Steiner, ran for two years at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. During World War II, he produced propaganda movies for the government.
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