Ansel Adams Quotes

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

By: Ansel Adams

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!.. view

By: Ansel Adams

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

By: Ansel Adams

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

By: Ansel Adams

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

By: Ansel Adams

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

By: Ansel Adams

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... view

By: Ansel Adams

A good photograph is knowing where to stand... view

By: Ansel Adams

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

By: Ansel Adams

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... view

By: Ansel Adams

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... view

By: Ansel Adams

Some photographers take reality... and impose the domination of their own thought and spirit. Others come before reality more tenderly and a photograph to them is an instrument of love and revelation... view

By: Ansel Adams

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

By: Ansel Adams

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

By: Ansel Adams

Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs... view

By: Ansel Adams

A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into... view

By: Ansel Adams

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

By: Ansel Adams

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

By: Ansel Adams

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

By: Ansel Adams

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

By: Ansel Adams

We must remember that a photograph can hold just as much as we put into it, and no one has ever approached the full possibilities of the medium... view

By: Ansel Adams

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

By: Ansel Adams

Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop... view

By: Ansel Adams

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... view

By: Ansel Adams

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... view

By: Ansel Adams

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

By: Ansel Adams

You don't take a photograph, you make it... view

By: Ansel Adams

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

By: Ansel Adams

Millions of men have lived to fight, build palaces and boundaries, shape destinies and societies.. view

By: Ansel Adams

The only things in my life that compatibly exists with this grand universe are the creative works of the human spirit... view

By: Ansel Adams

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

By: Ansel Adams

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

By: Ansel Adams

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.. view

By: Ansel Adams

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

By: Ansel Adams