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

 Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer—and often the supreme disappointment. 
 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. 
 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. 
 There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs. 
 When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. 
 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. 
 Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships. 
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