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Ansel Adams Quotes

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Ansel Adams quotes

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

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

Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.

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.

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.

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

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!

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit.

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

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

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

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

A good photograph is knowing where to stand.

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

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