Willard Van Dyke (December 5, 1906 – January 23, 1986) was an American filmmaker, photographer, arts administrator, teacher, and former director of the film department at the Museum of Modern Art. Van Dyke went to the University of California, dropping out for a time to avoid taking an ROTC course. Van Dyke died in January 23, 1986 of a heart attack on his way to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he was named Laureate Artist in Residence at Harvard. He was 79 years old. Van Dyke is survived by his second wife, the former Barbara Millikin, of New York; a daughter, Alison Van Dyke, of Ithaca, N.Y.; three sons, Peter of New York City; Murray of Santa Fe and Neil of Stowe, Vt., and six grandchildren.
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Born 5 December 1906; died 23 January 1986. In 1929, Van Dyke became the apprentice of the photographer Edward Weston (1886-1958) in San Francisco, California. Van Dyke worked as an independent social documentary photographer from 1930 in San Francisco and Oakland, where he established his own studio. He became a filmmaker in 1935. Van Dyke was a co-founder of the Group f/64, a group of photographers dedicated to "straight", unmanipulated photography, which began in his Oakland studio in 1932. From 1940 to 1945, Van Dyke served as the Technical Director, Film Section, Office of War Information in Washington (D.C.). From 1945 to 1981, Van Dyke worked as a filmmaker in New York City, New York. He established Van Dyke Productions Inc., in 1958. Van Dyke was the director of the Film Department at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, New York, from 1965 to 1972. Van Dyke settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1981 and lived there until his death in 1986.
Artist, Photographer
Willard Ames Van Dyke, Willard Van Dyke
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