Photo Quotes Archive

Quotes by Ansel Adams (35 quotes)

(1902-1984)
An American photographer, best known for his black-and-white photographs of the American West. Adams also wrote many books about photography, co-founded Group f/64, co-created the Zone System and pioniered the concept of Visualization.
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"When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence."
Source: "LensWork", Issue 55, Page 33
Photography > General
Quote #1
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"Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution."
Photography > General
Quote #2
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"A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed, and is, thereby, a true manifestation of what one feels about life in its entirety..."
Photography > General
Quote #4
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"I hope that my work will encourage self expression in others and stimulate the search for beauty and creative excitement in the great world around us."
Photography > Photographer
Quote #7
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"To the complaint, 'There are no people in these photographs,' I respond, 'There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.' "
Photography > General
Quote #22
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"Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art."
Photography > General
Quote #72
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"It is my intention to present - through the medium of photography - intuitive observations of the natural world which may have meaning to the spectators."
Photography > Photographer
Quote #73
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"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."
Photography > Photographer
Quote #98
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"The negative is the equivalent of the composer's score, and the print the performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways."
Photography > General
Quote #110
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"I believe the approach of the artist and the approach of the environmentalist are fairly close in that both are, to a rather impressive degree, concerned with the 'affirmation of life'."
Uncategorized > Uncategorized
Quote #111
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"Black and white photography is truly quite a 'departure from reality', and the transition from one aspect of visual magic to another was not as complete as many imagine."
Photography > General
Quote #112
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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."
Photography > Photographer
Quote #114
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"Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships."
Source: Wikiquote
Photography > Technique
Quote #118
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"I eagerly await new concepts and processes. I believe that the electronic image will be the next major advance. Such systems will have their own inherent and inescapable structural characteristics, and the artist and functional practitioner will again strive to comprehend and control them."
Source: Wikiquote
Photography > History
Quote #119
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"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."
Source: "The Negative" (1981)
Photography > History
Quote #120
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"A good photograph is knowing where to stand."
Source: Wikiquote
Photography > General
Quote #148
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"There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs."
Photography > General
Quote #151
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"A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into."
Photography > General
Quote #159
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"In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration."
Uncategorized > Uncategorized
Quote #244
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"The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it."
Photography > Equipment
Quote #255
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"Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer - and often the supreme disappointment."
Photography > General
Quote #261
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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."
Photography > Photographer
Quote #326
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"Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter. "
Photography > Photographer
Quote #337
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"There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept."
Photography > General
Quote #383
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"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?""
Photography > Technique
Quote #384
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"The technique of 35mm photography appears simple. One is beguiled by the quick viewing and operation, and by the very questionable inclination to make many pictures with the hope that some will be good."
Photography > Technique
Quote #385
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"You don't take a photograph, you make it."
Photography > General
Quote #493
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"The craft of photography is the key to good images."
"Image quality is not the product of a machine, but of the person who directs the machine, and there are no limits to imagination and expression."
Photography > Equipment
Quote #502
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"I knew my destiny when I first experienced Yosemite."
"The great rocks of Yosemite, expressing qualities of timeless yet intimate grandeur, are the most compelling formations of their kind. We should not casually pass them by, for they are the very heart of the earth speaking to us."
"It is just as important to bring people the evidence of the beauty of the world of nature and of man as it is to give them a document of ugliness, squalor, and despair."
Photography > Photographer
Quote #580
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"In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration."
Uncategorized > Uncategorized
Quote #704
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"To the vast majority of people a photograph is an image of something within their direct experience: a more-or-less factual reality. It is difficult for them to realize that the photograph can be the source of experience, as well as the reflection of spiritual awareness of the world and of self."
Photography > General
Quote #709
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"Bad weather makes for good photography."
Photography > General
Quote #711
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