Ansel Adams
[Photographer, b. 1902, San Francisco, d. 1984, Carmel, California.]

 A photograph is usually looked at—seldom looked into. 
 What you’ve got are not photographers. They’re a bunch of sociologists with cameras. (To Roy Stryker, head of the photographers of the Farm Security Administration) 
 Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter. 
 There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs. 
 Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships. 
 When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. 
 I expect to retire to a fine-grained heaven where the temperatures are always consistent, where the images slide before ones eyes in a continual cascade of form and meaning. 
 Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs. 
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