I don't think it's a crass assessment like that. Group f/64 was formed to promote works like that of Ansel Adams, and it just happened to come at the right time and he was struck like lightning with its success.
I would actually like to think that AA and his buddies were shrewd enough and aware enough and connected enough to see the changes coming rather than simply getting lucky. I think there is even some evidence for that though I couldn't say where. It's hiding in plain sight somewhere probably.
Mark Barendt, Beaverton, OR
"We do not see things the way they are. We see things the way we are." Ana´s Nin