OK, I honestly think that there is a place for both f/64 and the abstract, fuzzy pictorial approach. Since photography encompasses all aesthetic venues there HAS to be room for all to attend the party.
Now, pejorative assessments as the the monetary aspect of a particular "cult's" real seeking may, or may not be true. That becomes ancillary to the 'aesthetics' that is of primary importance. But, we all should heartily agree, both contributed mightily to the genre. Were the 'conspirators' purer than Caesar's wife? Is that of primary importance? I make no direct answer to those questions but merely present them as 'subordinate addenda' to the underlying aesthetic. - David Lyga