24 Most Famous Ansel Adams Quotes

24 Most Famous Ansel Adams Quotes

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Ansel Adams was a photographer and environmentalist from San Francisco, California. He is most famous for his iconic black and white photographs of the west, most notably Yosemite National Park. He died on April 22, 1984 at the age of 82.

“A good photograph is knowing where to stand. ”

“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

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

“A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into.”

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

“For me the future of the image is going to be in electronic form. … You will see perfectly beautiful images on an electronic screen. And I’d say that would be very handsome. They would be
almost as close as the best reproductions.”

“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.”

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

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

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

“No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied — it speaks in silence to the very core of your being.”

“Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.”

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

“Simply look with perceptive eyes at the world about you, and trust to your own reactions and convictions. Ask yourself: “Does this subject move me to feel, think and dream? Can I visualize
a print – my own personal statement of what I feel and want to convey – from the subject before me?”

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

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

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

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

“There is nothing worse than a brilliant image of a fuzzy concept.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

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