Past Exhibitions

In Sharp Focus: The Legacy of Monterey Photography

June 16–September 30, 2012
MMA La Mirada

In Sharp Focus: The Legacy of Monterey Photography is the third in a series of major photography exhibitions organized by the Monterey Museum of Art. On view June 16 through September 30, 2012, In Sharp Focus will examine the Group f/64 photographers—seven innovative northern California artists including Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham, and Willard Van Dyke—and their continuing legacy to the Monterey Peninsula. Turning away from the expressive, soft-focused, pictorial style of photography of the early twentieth century, these artists instead delivered realism, precision, high contrast, and intense detail without interpretive manipulation. Their approach was a modernist departure of its time, which revealed the natural world as never before and transformed American photography. Complementing these legendary artists will be works by the succeeding generation of photographers, among them: Henry Gilpin, Rod Dresser, John Sexton, and Bob Kolbrener who continue to capture the magical and evocative landscapes of the Monterey region.

The success of our previous exhibitions—Ansel Adams: Portrait of America(2010) and Edward Weston: American Photographer(2011)—have solidly positioned the Monterey Museum of Art’s as a leading authority on the history of twentieth century California photography. In Sharp Focus: The Legacy of Monterey Photography will build on this critical and popular acclaim.

Enhancing the exhibition will be educational programs and activities for adults, families and children including, docent-led tours.

Image: Willard Van Dyke, Boxer’s Hands, circa 1933, gelatin silver print, courtesy Scott Nichols Gallery, © 2012 Willard Van Dyke estate. All rights reserved.