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Ansel Adams Quotes

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When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
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There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.
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In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.
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A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.
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A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into.
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Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter.
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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.
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A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.
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A good photograph is knowing where to stand.
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Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.
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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.
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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.
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The negative is the equivalent of the composer's score, and the print the performance.
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Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.
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The only things in my life that compatibly exists with this grand universe are the creative works of the human spirit.
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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.
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You don't take a photograph, you make it.
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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.
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Myths and creeds are heroic struggles to comprehend the truth in the world.
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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.
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Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.
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Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.
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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!
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It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.
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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.
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