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Ansel Adams Quotes

A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.

You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.

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

Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.

Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer, and often the supreme disappointment.

I believe in beauty. I believe in stones and water, air and soil, people and their future and their fate.

A good photograph is knowing where to stand.

There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.

Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.

The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.

A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.

A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into.

The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance.

There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.

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.

You don’t take a photograph, you make it.

I hope that my work will encourage self-expression in others and stimulate the search for beauty and creative excitement in the great world around us.

One photo out of focus is a mistake, ten photos out of focus are an experimentation, one hundred photos out of focus are a style.

Photography is an austere and blazing poetry of the real.

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

Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.

Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.

A photograph is not an accident – it is a concept.

I tried to keep both arts alive, but the camera won. I found that while the camera does not express the soul, perhaps a photograph can!

You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.

A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense and is thereby a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.

Photographing a culture in the here and now often means photographing the intersection of the present with the past.

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.

It is easy to take a photograph, but it is harder to make a masterpiece in photography than in any other art medium.

There are worlds of experience beyond the world of the aggressive man, beyond history, and beyond science. The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define.

In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.

A photograph is not only an image feel by your eye but it is also an image feel by your soul.

Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.

A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.

A good photograph is knowing where to stand.

You don’t take a photograph, you make it.

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.

When I’m ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my minds eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the word.

In my mind’s eye, I visualize how a particular… sight and feeling will appear on a print. If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. It is an intuitive sense, an ability that comes from a lot of practice.

The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.

In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.

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.

There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.

I tried to keep both arts alive, but the camera won. I found that while the camera does not express the soul, perhaps a photograph can!.

For me the printing process is part of the magic of photography. It’s that magic that can be exciting, disappointing, rewarding and frustrating all in the same few moments in the darkroom.

Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.

The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.

A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into.


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