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

 When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. 
 You bring to photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved. 
 A photograph is usually looked at—seldom looked into. 
 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. 
 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) 
 Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs. 
 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. 
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