Ansel Adams Quotes (18 quotations)

1. A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into. - Ansel Adams

2. Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships. - Ansel Adams

3. I have often thought that if photography were difficult in the true sense of the term - meaning that the creation of a simple photograph would entail as much time and effort as the production of a good watercolor or etching - there would be a vast improvement in total output. The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster. - Ansel Adams

4. It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. - Ansel Adams

5. It is my intention to present - through the medium of photography - intuitive observations of the natural world which may have meaning to the spectators. - Ansel Adams

6. Millions of men have lived to fight, build palaces and boundaries, shape destinies and societies; but the compelling force of all times has been the force of originality and creation profoundly affecting the roots of human spirit. - Ansel Adams

7. No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit. - Ansel Adams

8. Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs. - Ansel Adams

9. Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter. - Ansel Adams

10. The negative is comparable to the composer's score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways. - Ansel Adams

11. The negative is the equivalent of the composer's score, and the print the performance. - Ansel Adams

12. There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer. - Ansel Adams

13. There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs. - Ansel Adams

14. There is nothing worse than a brilliant image of a fuzzy concept. - Ansel Adams

15. There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept. - Ansel Adams

16. When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. - Ansel Adams

17. Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space. - Ansel Adams

18. You don't take a photograph, you make it. - Ansel Adams

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