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Ansel Adams
February 20, 1902 - April 22, 1984
Nationality: American
Category: Photographer
Subcategory: American Photographer

A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into.


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


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


Myths and creeds are heroic struggles to comprehend the truth in the world.


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


A good photograph is knowing where to stand.


These people live again in print as intensely as when their images were captured on old dry plates of sixty years ago... I am walking in their alleys, standing in their rooms and sheds and workshops, looking in and out of their windows. Any they in turn seem to be aware of me.


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


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


To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces and record the qualities of nature and humanity which live or are latent in all things.


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.


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


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

    Topics: Art

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


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. I'm interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without.


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


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


It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.


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


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