Quotes by Ansel Adams

A good photograph is knowing where to stand.
– Ansel Adams
A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.
– Ansel Adams
A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into.
– Ansel Adams
A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.
– Ansel Adams
Both the grand and the intimate aspects of nature can be revealed in the expressive photograph. Both can stir enduring affirmations and discoveries, and can surely help the spectator in his search for identification with the vast world of natural beauty and the wonder surrounding him.
– Ansel Adams
Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.
– Ansel Adams
I am probably afraid that some spectator will not understand my photography - therefore I proceed to make it really less understandable by writing defensibly about it.
– Ansel Adams
I know some photographs that are extraodrinary in their power and conviction, but it is difficult in photography to overcome the superficial power or subject; the concept and statement must be quite convincing in themselves to win over a dramatic and compelling subject situation.
– 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!
– 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.
– Ansel Adams
In some photographs the essence of light and space dominate; in others, the substance of rock and wood, and the luminous insistence of growing things. It is my intention to present-through the medium of photography-intuitive observations of the natural world which may have meaning to spectators.
– Ansel Adams
In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.
– Ansel Adams
It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.
– Ansel Adams
Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer - and often the supreme disappointment.
– Ansel Adams
Millions of men have lived to fight, build palaces and boundaries, shape destinies and societies; but the compelling force of all times has been the force of originality and creation profoundly affecting the roots of human spirit.
– Ansel Adams
Myths and creeds are heroic struggles to comprehend the truth in the world.
– Ansel Adams
Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.
– Ansel Adams
Notebook. No photographer should be without one!
– Ansel Adams
Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.
– Ansel Adams
Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.
– Ansel Adams