The photographer Sibyl Anikeyev (Anikeef) was a student of Edward Weston. In the 1920s, she married Vasia (Vasili) Anikeyev, an opera and Russian folk and liturgical singer. After the Anikeyevs returned from Germany and Italy, where Vasia studied voice, they moved to the Monterey Peninsula. In 1939, Anikeyev joined the Federal Art Project on the Monterey Peninsula, becoming the project photographer. Traveling on the Peninsula and along the California coast, she photographed landscapes, fishermen, and historic adobe buildings. Several of her photographs were published in the book, Monterey Peninsula, compiled by the Work Projects Administration in Northern California (1941).